Masarepa (Arepa Flour)

by Erica Dinho on February 12, 2009

Harina pan

Masarepa: is precooked corn flour used to make Colombian arepas, empanadas and tamales. One of the brands available in the United States is GOYA.



You can find Goya masarepa in the Latin aisle at supermakets.


You can buy it here

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1 Stephanie February 22, 2010 at 3:57 PM

I have spent about an hour trying to find a store that has masarepa. I have managed to track down Goya’s Masarepa in an Asian Market of all places. I live in Phoenix so I phoned all the local Latino Markets and was with out any luck in finding this corn meal. My friend mentioned Lee Lee’s Asian Market outside of Phoenix that has a FULL line of Goya products. Go figure. I can’t wait to make the arepas for dinner tonight! Just wanted to pass on this bit of information to your subscribers that an Asian Market may just be the answer for hard to find ingredients.


2 Carmen Ramirez January 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Another kind of corn meal used for empanads or tamales if called “Maseca”. that can be found in any tecaria or the mexican isle in walmart.


3 Renee May 29, 2010 at 5:21 PM

I live in Phoenix and have trouble finding Goya products. Where is Lee Lee’s Asian Market?? I’d appreciate the address!


4 Ida June 15, 2010 at 12:25 AM

I’m in Tempe, there’s a Lee Lee’s Asian Market on Dobson & Warner Rd. It’s behind a McDonalds.


5 Gado-Gado Gal June 28, 2010 at 12:39 AM

My Colombian partner says that Doñarepa and P.A.N are also good – just different brands of the same thing. I prefer yellow and white corn P.A.N. to all the others because the consistency is creamier, the closest to making it from scratch with maiz trillado. And it seems there are several Asian grocery stores that stock Latino products – either distributors are supplying several ethnic groups, or the shops are diversifying their clientele. Either way, yay!


6 Anonymous July 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM

where can i buy this in london, England!?!?


7 Anonymous January 5, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Since it probably doesn’t go bad, maybe you could order it off amazon. I’m serious!


8 B July 15, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Does anyone know where I can buy this in London, England!?!?


9 Chris October 10, 2010 at 11:37 PM

I doubt you’ll be able to find that in London my friend, I lived in Southampton for 6 months, and the lengths I had to go to find something similar to make a colombian dish was extremely tough, I would think an Asda or Tesco would carry some kind of cornmeal which is essentially what you’re looking for. I don’t think Goya is in England if it is, it goes by another name, but I’m sure you’ll be able to find a similar cornmeal that will give the same result. Good luck mate!


10 Adele October 19, 2010 at 4:13 AM


I live in India and we don’t get masarepa here. We sometimes get imported cornmeal, but it’s a bit expensive. We do get corn grits (it’s called dalia here) and I can get corn ground at a local mill. Do you know how I can make my own masarepa at home? I’ve looked online but can’t find a recipe.



11 Lisa January 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM

there are some pages that import products from colombia. kinda expensive but u will be amazed


12 Aimee February 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

hola – can we subsitute masarepa with maizena?
i’m in a little town in the middle of “no where” in france.


13 Erica February 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Aimee- NO!!! Sorry!


14 Emily February 22, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Anybody know if you can use Harina de Maiz instead of Masarepa?


15 Erica February 23, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Emily- You need masarepa!


16 Anonymous April 18, 2014 at 5:51 PM

But the picture above says Harina de Maiz on it??


17 Erica Dinho April 19, 2014 at 9:33 AM

It is harina de maiz (precooked corn meal)


18 Esther March 4, 2011 at 7:42 AM

Maizena is corn starch and Maseca is to make tortillas, so don’t use it for arepas.


19 shelby March 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

i found P.A.N. pre-cooked white corn meal at sweet bay and publix supermarkets (in fla, usa) and on hope this helps…


20 Linda April 17, 2011 at 3:57 PM

I lived in Memphis years ago before there were any hispanic markets or produce. Masarepa did not exist 50 years ago – what do you think Colombians used then… well – they did it from scratch as did it. If you can find hominy – also known as peto – fresh is best, but if not, then canned. Traditionally, the masa was made from passing the hominy through a meat grinder to get the soft mushy dough. But now we have food processors – so use that. I also like to use a little yucarina – (yuca starch) (also known as tapioca) to make the dough fry up nice and crispy.

I have not tried to make hominy from scratch – but in a pinch, all is possible.
Good luck.


21 Anonymous May 7, 2011 at 8:52 AM

I just found this website while i was looking for ideas for a barbeque in England! as a proud colombian i love to make food for my british hubby and his family. But i am strugling to find anything that emotely resembles masa arepa in Manchester!!!! Any ideas of how to get around this problem when there is no mexican/latin shops around??? Can i use polenta? :D


22 Erica May 7, 2011 at 11:56 AM

To make arepas you have to use fresh corn or precooked corn meal (Masarepa).


23 maria Laverde May 23, 2011 at 4:45 PM

i just want to say hello yto all t he colombians that live far far away! I never tought that there were some colombians in India,jejejje that’s funny we are every where ha! this is fantastic! rocio


24 maria Laverde May 23, 2011 at 4:46 PM

sorry i mis spelled some words! I was typing fast! rocio


25 maria Laverde May 23, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I try arepas using P.A.N still taste ok! my son likes the arepas amarillas so I put tri-color(my aunt send this product from colombia) and it turns out ok!


26 Vicky. July 2, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Areparina in London!! close to elephant and castle tube station, there are about 3 colombian shops if you turn left under the railway underpass. You can also buy all sorts of colombian things from chocorramo to bocadillos…


27 cachacoingles November 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

You can order it on line from at least one of them but I’m plugging the one run by a friend and know she has it as we had the most amazing Colombian breakfast last weekend, just like first day home in Bogota


28 cachacoingles November 9, 2011 at 11:10 AM


29 Marilyn March 27, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I couldn’t find Masarepa, could I substitute Maseca?


30 Erica March 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

It is a different product.


31 Diana Cote June 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I couldnt find the precooked masarepa, i found goya fine corn meal. could this still work? im in the middle of making dinner (i made the filling) as we speak and i’m so upset because i have nothing to use the filling in. can you help me please Erica?


32 Erica Dinho June 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Hi Diana,

What are you trying to make?


33 Vanessa November 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

In Mexico (maybe in US/Canada as well) you can look/ask for harina de maíz amarillo precocida. I haven’t seen the Goya brand at the supermarkets here. Thanks for the recipe, I used to go out for Colombian empanadas all the time in Montreal! It’s just not the same in Mexico!


34 Hernan Sanchez December 22, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Hola, primero muchas gracias por esta web site. Es fabulosa.
Tengo dos preguntas.
La primera, el tocino tiene que ser cocinado primero, y que tan grandes son los pedazos?
La segunda es, los tamales son sumergidos en agua o tienen que estar cocinados con el vapor de agua hirviendo?
Otra ves, muchas gracias por tu web site, me encanta mucho


35 Erica Dinho December 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Hola Nernan,

El tocino NO lo tienes que cocinar antes.

Yo cocino mis tamales con un poco de agua con sal en una olla tapada, pero tambien los puedes pones en una olla al vapor.


36 billy d December 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Masarepa can be found in Latin food specialty stores and online, and is also know as masa al instante and harina precocida. Common brands are Harina PAN, Areparina, Harina Juana, and Goya (which comes in both white and yellow varieties). Look for the words “harina de maiz refinada precocida,” or “refined, precooked corn flour” on the package.


37 d.junke January 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I found it at a Target in Lewisville, TX! I was very surprised and pleased!


38 Maria March 18, 2014 at 6:07 AM


vivo en Grecia y no voy a buscar masarepa aca. Tenemos harina de maiz, pero no creo que sera precocida. Puedo usarla? O me puede decir usted como la voy cocinar?


39 Ines April 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I always come back each week for recipes from Colombia. I love your site.


40 ruthie June 11, 2014 at 11:45 PM

Just wondering if something like ‘instant grits” would work for this. It’s corn and precooked.


41 Erica Dinho June 12, 2014 at 8:33 AM

I don’t know!


42 Jo Bejarano July 30, 2014 at 11:50 PM

I’ve just discovered your website and want to try some of your recipes! They all sound yummy and I can’t wait to try them. I have already started on Pescado Frito, with Patacones and Arroz con Coco Tecote’. Only time I’ve tried my hand at authentic Latin cuisine was years ago when I made Mexican tamales with my mother-in-law at Christmas time. Otherwise, I cook the Yankee versions of several menu items (tacos, enchiladas, etc.).
May I ask a favor? When you receive comments from native speakers, would you please include the English translation of your response? My Spanish is quite rusty, but I manage to muddle through. It would be really great to know how far off I am.
Thank you for your interesting and tantalizing dishes!


43 Sandra August 8, 2014 at 4:35 AM

I am living in Vancouver. One of my Colombian friends gave me an arepa which stuffed with cheese, and it was amazing.
I really want to make that if someone can provide a real Colombian recipe serve for 2 people that will be great! ( I searched online and some use Harina P.A.N. And others use Masarepa and this confused me)


44 anne kristine fronth Stene October 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Hi. I live in the very homogeneous country Norway with a population smaller than 5 million people. But even here we get PAN masarepa – in the Asian super markets in even smaller towns. So the Londoners above in this thread should have no trouble finding the ingredients. Just google latin or Asian super markets.

Love your site, by the way.


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