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Arepas with Carnitas and Candied Potato

28 reviews / 5 average

On the card today and forever: arepas arepas arepas.

Just admonishing you in beforehand that you’re about to accomplish a hot arepa blend and your activity will never be the same.

These are a really big accord in my activity appropriate now.

Arepas! Accept you had them? Let’s allocution about what they are.

What Are Arepas?

Okay, these gems are South American pockets of absurd cornmeal-like chef (harina precocida if you appetite to get technical) and they’re blimp with every accessible acceptable affair you could anytime appetite blimp in a abridged of absurd cornmeal-like dough.

Dream with me for a minute here. Apathetic adapted carnitas. Chipotle chicken. Disconnected beef. Broiled candied potatoes. Slices of avocado and amazon and added vegetables that I can’t anticipate of appropriate now because THE MEATS. So absent by the meats. Chimichurris and aiolis galore. Halloumi (except that one little detail that I’ve never absolutely fabricated halloumi, but this abstraction is aloof advancing to me appropriate now and I faculty that it would be so epic). Atramentous beans. Absurd plantains. Pickled red onion. Magic Blooming Sauce, but I mean, obviously.


Arepa on a plate with a fork.

One Affair You’Ll Charge To Accomplish Bootleg Arepas

I aboriginal jumped on the arepa alternation back my acquaintance Melissa confused to Minneapolis and alien me to Hola Arepa which is an arepa hot atom actuality in our little city. Funny (or sad? can’t anticipate about it too much) that sometimes it takes addition abroad affective into your breadth to absolutely appearance you what you’ve been missing out on. Like I’ve lived actuality for… EVER? and never absolutely knew about this place? WHAT? Above heartbreak. Sometimes I aloof get so benumbed in on the sushi takeout bearings that I balloon about added foods.

If you alive in Minneapolis, additional yourself this affliction and pls run to Hola Arepa and get the Carnitas and Candied Potato Arepa with yucca chips and ambrosial blooming aioli. Go now. Tonight. This is not a drill.

Truth: anytime you appear beyond a recipe that requires aloof *ONE* appropriate ingredient, it can assume alarming and cutting and like you can’t alike do it because WHAT IS THAT INGREDIENT.

But another truth: friends do not let accompany absence out on aliment this good, so I’m gonna advance you.

You’re activity to charge aloof ONE new ingredient. It’s alleged harina precocida or in added accustomed terms, pre-cooked cornmeal.

Everything You Charge To Apperceive About Harina Precocida

I am about not cool pumped about affairs aliment things online, but in this case I accomplish an barring because active carnitas candied potato agilely absurd arepas and straight-to-my-front-door 48 hour commitment – these are not things I booty lightly. I buy this harina precocida on Amazon. For $8, you get a big bag of this being that makes you abounding arepas for abounding days, and it ships appropriate to your advanced aperture in two canicule because Amazon loves us like that. You could additionally drive to a grocery abundance that specializes in Axial or South America foods. But honestly. God absolve Amazon Prime.

Now, this is important – this is not the aforementioned as masa harina which is uncooked. This adaptation is ADAPTED which agency you don’t charge to broil it all the way through in the aforementioned way as you would with masa harina. I am not abiding how substitutions would assignment – but from what I’ve read, the arepa abrade absolutely does get a bigger arrangement both central and outside. #worthit

Here’s what the arepa abrade / precooked cornmeal looks like:

Arepa Flour.

And here’s the candied potatoes afterwards you saute them and afore you being them in the arepas with all your added toppings to the point area they become bugged in the adorable mess:

Sweet Potatoes for Arepas.

And here’s area you anatomy the chef into little circles and pan fry them:

Frying Arepas in a pan.

And here’s area the adorable arepa blend makes its way to your athirst mouth.

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Zero percent regrets. This is food beeline from heaven.

Arepa on a plate with a fork.

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Arepas with sweet potato, carnitas, and black beans.

Arepas Recipe

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Absolute Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 arepas 1x


Arepas – absurd cornmeal pockets blimp with all the fillings you could anytime want, like carnitas, ambrosial chicken, candied potatoes, atramentous beans, sauces, and more. THESE ARE SO GOOD!


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Filling Ideas:


  1. Mix the precooked cornmeal and the salt. Add the baptize and barrel abolish any lumps, again activity until combined. Let the admixture blow for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Using your hands, bisect the chef into 8 pieces. Cycle anniversary allotment into a brawl and abrade in acclaim to actualize a disk, about 1 inch blubbery (see pictures).
  3. Heat a attenuate band of oil (about 1/4 inch deep) in a ample abundant bucket over average heat. Add the arepas and fry for about 6 account on both sides. The arepas should get a dry absurd exoteric after accepting ever brown. Set on cardboard towels to cesspool and cool.
  4. Cut the arepas in bisected and being with your fillings!


The arrangement of these is a little corn-cakey, so if the abdomen are a little adhesive that’s accept and good.

Nutrition advice is aloof for arepas.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Colombian

Keywords: arepa recipe, absurd cornmeal, carnitas

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*Note: I accept advised arepa recipes a little bit to accomplish abiding I’m about activity in the appropriate administration here, but as usual, I affirmation no ascendancy or actuality on my arepa abilities added than THESE ARE DELICIOUS. If you appetite to allotment how YOU accomplish arepas, I’d adulation to hear. Amuse leave a comment!

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    as a Venezuelan who has been account POY for a while now i feel cool accustomed to see arepas in here! <3 this is my accustomed breakfast -a lighter adaptation though- It's never too backward to jump on the arepa's train! 😀 Cheers!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Okay acquaint me all about your lighter version. Because I plan to eat these every day from actuality on out and I charge to apperceive how to not accretion 50 arepa pounds.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Oh well, arepas are absolute things! you can accomplish arepas chef with lots of altered flavour (cilantro, basil, atramentous beans, chili pepper), you can additionally add chia, oats or beat seeds to it to accomplish it added balmy and brittle <3 the lighter adaptation has a lot to do to the bushing though; for accustomed arepas you can ample it with accolade eggs or avocado and cheese or disconnected craven with avocado, or, if youre activity a little creative, you can ample it with cheese and tajadas (wich are fabricated with absurd accomplished plantains) POSSIBILITIES ARE AMARANTHINE WITH AREPAS! 😀

      2. Pinch of Yum Logo

        I adulation arepas with carrot, Alloy a allotment with the baptize that you’ll mix with the blah abrade (best is PAN).
        For breakfast i adulation avocado and beeline egg.
        Also like absurd plantains in it (not for diets.
        but truly, arepas, avocado and the added of your alternative will add a compression of “yumminess” to your tummy

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    Fiona Dawson

    I don’t tend to aftermost with email subscriptions but OH MY GOD the actuality you accelerate over is so amazingly iwantitrightnow that i’ll never unsubscribe. This compound is actuality done…twice!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Oh man, I anticipate you would adulation them. Additionally not if but back you and Naomi accomplish it to Minneapolis (it’s my dream to accept you guys advise a branch calm in our studio), we will booty you out to Hola Arepa. 😉

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    OMG! I wouldn’t say no to these arepas! I accept never alike heard of them afore but they aloof attending so tasty! If I anytime get my easily on precooked cornmeal I will absolutely try to accomplish them!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I rarely animadversion on blogs but OMG – ACKNOWLEDGE YOU for announcement this recipe. Hola Arepa is a fav restaurant actuality in Minneapolis and the actuality that I could possibly accomplish arepas for canicule at home is the best affair ever!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hola Arepa is amazing! You are apparently activity to charge to carbon their Yucca Chips now too….for acceptable admeasurement

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    yes please. yes amuse to all of those on your adverse that you were making. all. of. them. I can’t anticipate of a affair appropriate now that doesn’t complete acceptable blimp into one of these beauties. The possibilities are endless….

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    OMG I ADULATION YOU FOR THIS. I went to Hola Arepa with Melissa and some added bloggers back I was in boondocks for your workshop, and it was sooooo good. I’m appealing abiding I got the carnitas/sweet potato one you’re talking about. ACTIVITY CHANGING. Oh my god. I can’t delay to accomplish this at home. ACKNOWLEDGE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE YOU

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Likewise! As Venezuelan with a abysmal adulation for food, I’m absolutely accustomed whilst account at this post! (I’ve been additionally afterward POY for a while now)
    Another advantage to try with Arepas: ample it with octopus adapted in alkali and a bendable white cheese… It’s delicious!
    Cheers and accumulate announcement acceptable recipes!

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    Jose Yanez

    Likewise! As Venezuelan and a aliment lover, I feel additionally accustomed whilst account at this post! I’ve been afterward POY for a while and recipes are absolutely great!
    Another advantage with Arepas; ample it with octopus adapted in alkali and a bendable white cheese, the aftereffect is amazing!
    Chhers and accumulate announcement acceptable recipes!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Oh my gosh, too adventurous for me I think!! If you were authoritative it for me, I ability feel differently, but myself affable octopus doesn’t complete like a abundant idea. haha. Babyish steps! Acknowledgment for the animadversion Jose!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I ate a lot of arepas in Colombia and accept been absent to accomplish them anytime since. These attending incredible!

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    MB @ Bourbon and Amber Sugar

    I ADULATION arepas!! If you’re in DC, acquisition the Arepazone aliment truck, or bigger yet, arch to Abutment Bazaar to barbecue on these amazing little creations. SO aflame you aggregate a compound Lindsay! Can’t delay to try them 🙂

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    Grace Sanchez

    I’m Venezuelan and I’m so aflame that arepas are featured on your blog! They’re the complete best and I appetite ANYBODY to apperceive about them. Additionally they’re so able and absolute for every meal. Breakfast? Arepas with accolade eggs, avocado and bacon. Lunch? Ham and cheese arepas. Dinner? Arepas with beans, pulled pork and some absurd plantains. All the yums. Also, eggs backstabber (my fav) with arepas as the base? SO good.

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Come on now, Lindsay. Now you’ve got this abundant astronomic cerebration about active cantankerous boondocks at 9:15 p.m. for an arepa.
    In your research, did you blunder above any account for booze alternatives above the abracadabra blooming sauce?? I didn’t get a assured acknowledgment on if beginning basil exists in Hola Arepa’s sauce, and I acquainted a little acquisitive afterwards aggravating it…would adulation to try this at home with a few alternatives.

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    You allege to my sooooouull. Assuredly aloof got my bigger bisected out to Hola’s b-day affair yesterday, and luckily he agrees we will be aback often! Because yaaasss absurd arepa dough. Now we can course ourselves over amid visits–woohoo!