Arepa Dominó con Plátanos y Guacamole (Arepa with Black Beans, Fresh Cheese, Plantains and Guacamole)

by Erica Dinho on April 2, 2012

I enjoy taking time on the weekends to prepare a good, hearty breakfast. Very often I let my imagination take control and start playing with ingredients. It had been sometime since I last made a real tasty and satisfying arepa and I was craving one! I wanted to make a meatless arepa though so my husband could enjoy it too. So, I decided to make my Colombian version of this classic arepa, adding some plantains and guacamole.

Arepa Dominó is a traditional Venezuelan Arepa stuffed with black beans and crumbled white fresh cheese. The difference between Venezuelan and Colombian arepas is that the Venezuela arepas are smaller, thicker, and stuffed with different ingredients, like a sandwich. Colombian arepas on the other hand, are thinner and topped, not stuffed, with different ingredients, more like an open faced sandwich. Here is the recipe for my version of Arepa Dominó.

Buen provecho everyone!



(4 servings)

  • 4 cooked arepas
  • 1 cup crumble queso fresco, cotija or feta cheese
  • 1 cup guacamole

For the plantains:
2 tablespoons of butter
1 ripe plantain, peeled and diced

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup cooked black beans, canned or dried
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. For the beans: Place the oil in a sauce pan. Add the onions, garlic, red bell pepper and cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cooked beans, salt, pepper and cumin. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes more. Set aside.
  3. For the plantains: In a medium skillet, melt the butter and add the diced plantains. Brown the plantains for about 3 minutes and set aside.
  4. To assemble the arepa: Place an arepa on a serving plate, top with the beans, sprinkle the cheese and add the plantain and guacamole on top.
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa April 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I would far rather eat what my screen than what I’m eating right now!


2 Juliana April 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Looks delicious Erica, like the diced plantain and the combination of salty and sweet.
Hope you have a wonderful week :)


3 Oysterculture April 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

What a delicious treat. You did it again, Erica


4 Sophie April 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

This is a big breakfast for me! I would totaly savour this a s a great & tasty good-for-you lunch! I love arepas too!


5 Barbara April 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

That’s what I call a HUGE breakfast Erica! More for lunch or dinner for me. :) It looks delicious.
I love plantains, but have never cooked them at home. For some reason, I thought they needed to be cooked longer than in your dish. Or perhaps if you dice them small enough, they cook faster?


6 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! April 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Hay Erica..que rico. I do enjoy the combination of black beans and sweet plantains. This is one of the best you have made yet…maybe because they are Venezuelan…;D…

Absolutely delicioso!


7 rebecca subbiah April 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

wow I want to come over for breakfast looks amazing bet your hubby and kids love your cooking


8 grace April 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM

black beans and guacamole are all i need to complete a meal–these arepas are my favorite so far!


9 Jenn @LeftoverQueen April 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

This looks amazing! I love all the flavors you have going on here!


10 Juan P April 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I love arepa domino and you made a better version !From a Venezuelan :0


11 Erica April 16, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Thank you guys!


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