A recipe that only uses 3 ingredients? This arepas de maiz recipe really only uses 3 ingredients and tastes like an authentic arepas.

Plate with three arepas de maiz

What are arepas? They are delicious cornmeal cakes that resemble an English muffin.

While this recipe is the base recipe, you can stuff arepas with all sorts of things, if you want something more filling.

Ingredients For Arepas De Maiz

Authentic arepas only use 3 ingredients – hot water, salt and masarepa flour

Ingredients for arepas de maiz are salt, hot water and masarepa

Substitutions you can use with this recipe

  • Did you know that you can stuff these? You can! Try stuffing them with shredded chicken, cooked ground beef, shredded pork or cheese. Anything can be used to stuff these, if you didn’t want to eat them plain.
  • Masarepa flour comes in a bunch of different brands. Feel free to try one of these: Goya or P.A.N.
Arepas de Maiz, cooked in oil like a pancake

FAQs About Arepas De Maiz

Where are arepas from?

Arepas are a staple in Central and South America countries, primarily Colombia or Venezuela.

Are arepas gluten-free?

Because arepas are made from a corn based dough, they are generally gluten free if they are eaten plain Depending on what you stuff them with, they might not remain gluten free.

How many calories in one arepas?

One corncake is about 215 calories.

Pupusas vs arepas

Pupusas are a traditional small, round corncake from El Salvador. Arepas as traditional small, round corncakes from Columbia or Venezuela. The difference between the two really depends on the country you are in.

What is masarepa flour?

Masarepa is a type of precooked corn flour used in Latin American cuisine, particularly in Venezuela and Colombia, to make arepas. Unlike masa harina (used for Mexican tortillas and tamales), masarepa is made from corn that is precooked, then ground into a fine flour.

Have you tried making Arepas?

close up of arepas de maiz

Arepas De Maiz (Authentic Arepas Recipe!)

Dash of Herbs
A recipe that only uses 3 ingredients? This arepas de maiz recipe really only uses 3 ingredients and tastes like an authentic arepas.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 138 kcal


  • 1 cup masarepa I used the brand P.A.N
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt to taste


  • Mix the ingredients in a medium size bowl and mix well until a you can form a ball.
  • Divide the dough in 4 even balls.
    arepas de maiz process shot
  • Dip the ball in cold water, so it doesn’t stick, and place on plastic wrap. Fold the plastic wrap over the ball and press down with a plate. Make them as thick or thin as you like. Repeat this with each ball of dough.
    arepas de maiz process shot
  • In a pan heat a little bit of oil and fry each arepa for about 2-4 minutes on each side, or until the edges start to brown a little bit.


  • You can also eat this with cheese or a fried egg on top.


Calories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSodium: 145mgPotassium: 1mgFiber: 3gCalcium: 1mg
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