Arepitas Fritas con Guacamole (Fried Mini Arepas with Guacamole)

Arepas Fritas con Guacamole

Arepitas Fritas are one of those classic Colombian treats that I just love. Traditional Colombian restaurants serve them as an appetizer with guacamole, hogao, chimichurri and ají or, as a side dish with pollo asado or Roasted chicken.

They are a hit at parties, or if you’re alone, a handful along with a glass of refajo makes for a delicious treat!

Buen provecho, guys!



  • About 12 arepitas
  • Vegetable oil
  • 11/2 cups precooked cornmeal
  • 11/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup queso fresco, crumbled
  • Pinch salt


  1. Combine the cornmeal, warm water, cheese, butter and salt, mixing thoroughly. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
  2. Knead with your hands for about 3 minutes moistening your hands with water as you work.
  3. Form 12 small balls with the dough. Place each ball between your palms, pressing to form a thick patty.
  4. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, then fry arepas in 2 batches, turning over once, until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Serve with guacamole, hogao, chimichurri or ají.
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  1. Adriana says

    Great Erica! Another sauce restaurants in Colombia are serving with these kind of apetizers is like the one you do for ceviche. Very yummi too!

  2. Diana Lopez says

    Hi Erica. About how much oil did you use? Enough to deep dry them or just enough to brown them on either side? Thanks!

  3. nicole says

    erica, my kids loved these for their lunch today!, maybe b-c theyre mini, you know kids love anything mini.. even if they eat arepas every morning this was special for them! although i had to use mozz cheese, but still super good! THANKS!!!!

  4. Alisa says

    Do you think these could be made ahead of time and frozen? If so would you bake them before or after frozen. I want to use these for a party—they look delicious!



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