Arepas are one of my favorite foods and my now kids also love arepas, which makes me very happy because I feel that I am passing down some of my Colombian traditions and culture to my children. The Arepa is one the most popular foods in Colombia. They’re served in almost every home and are the equivalent of tortillas in Mexico and bread in Italy. I ate arepa every day growing up in Colombia! There are different versions of arepas throughout Colombia, every region having its own variation.
Arepas are very versatile and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can be served as appetizers, snacks or side dishes but they can also easily make a full and satisfying meal. These delicious corn cakes can be prepared with so many different types of fillings or toppings. You can stick to the classic ones or you can create your own based on inspiration from other dishes. You can combine flavors and ingredients that you love, or simply use the ingredients you have available at home.
Nowadays you can buy packages of arepas at many Latin grocery stores, but you can also easily make them at home and keep them in plastic bags in the freezer. Below are some of the most traditional Colombian arepa recipes and some with my favorite toppings.
Traditional Colombian Arepas:
Arepa Boyacense (Arepa from Boyacá) See the recipe here
Arepas de Queso (Cheese Arepas) See the recipe here
Arepas Rellenas de Queso (Cheese Stuffed Corn Cakes) See the recipe here
Arepas Carisecas (Sweet Arepas) See the recipe here
Arepa con Quesito Colombiano (Corn Cake with Fresh Cheese) see the recipe here
Arepas de Maiz Peto (Colombian Hominy Corn Arepas) See the recipe here
Arepas de Choclo con Quesito (Colombian Corn Cakes with Fresh Cheese) See the recipe here
Arepas de Yuca (Cassava Arepas) See the recipe here
Arepa Santandereana (Arepa from Santander) See the recipe here
Arepitas Fritas con Guacamole (Fried Mini Arepas with Guacamole) See the recipe here
Arepuela o Anisita (Sweet Arepa with Anise) See the recipe here
Arepa Filled with Egg (Arepa de Huevo) See the recipe here
Arepas with Different Toppings:
Arepas with Chicken and Avocado (Arepas con Pollo y Aguacate) see the recipe here
Arepas with Salmon and Shrimp (Arepas con Salmon y Camarones) See the recipe here
Arepa Thai de Pollo (Thai Chicken Arepa) See the recipe here
Arepa con Camarones y Hogao (Arepa with Shrimp and Creole Sauce) See the recipe here
Arepa con Carne a la Criolla (Arepa with Beef a la Criolla) See the recipe here
Arepa con Chorizo y Hogao (Arepa with Chorizo and Creole Sauce) See the recipe here
Arepa con Carne y Champiñones (Corn Cake with Beef and Mushrooms) See the recipe here
Arepa con Carne Desmechada (Arepa with Shredded Meat) See the recipe here
If you are looking for more toppings check this page.