Recipe by Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Latin-Inspired, Vegan



  • 5 large arepas store bought or see recipe below

Homemade Arepas Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 heaped tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups areparina (mixed white and yellow from PAN and GOYA brands)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). Set out a baking sheet and line with parchment paper. And to a large mixing bowl, add water and salt. Stir to combine and dissolve salt.
  2. A little at a time, add the areparina and stir with a spoon or your hands.arepas premaking.jpg
  3. Grab a large handful of dough, and roll into a ball, will make 5 large arepas.premadearepas.jpg
  4. Carefully press the ball between the palms of your hands to form into a roughly 1/2-inch thick disc. If it cracks a lot on the sides, your dough may need 1-2 tablespoons of water.
  5. Once the arepas are formed, heat a pan (add Olive oil to coat) over medium-high heat. Then add arepas, Cook for 5-10 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Then flip and cook for 5-10 minutes more or until the underside is also golden brown.arepas on pan.jpg

    arepas brown.jpg

  6. Transfer to your parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until slightly puffed up and a little more golden brown in color. Slice into them immediately.cooked arepas.jpg


  • 2 large green and spotty plantains, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp oil (Olive oil is my preference)


  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, slightly drained
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Pinch sea salt


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2-3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup purple diced onion
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro


  1. Store bought arepas or if not, homemade made arepas takes about 30 minutes (not included in prep time).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (209 C). Peel the plantains and slice on a diagonal into 1/2-inch pieces.cutting plantains.jpg
  3. Then add to a parchment-lined baking sheet and toss with oil. Arrange into an even layer and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.plantains out of oven.jpg
  4. In the meantime, add (slightly drained) black beans to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until bubbly and hot. Season with cumin and salt and stir to combine. Then turn heat off and set aside (cover to keep warm).black beans on stove.jpg
  5. Lastly, prepare guacamole by mashing avocado in a small mixing bowl and adding lime, salt, onion, and cilantro. Stir to combine, and taste and adjust flavor as needed. Add more salt for saltiness, lime for acidity, or onion for crunch. Set aside.guac.jpg
  6. Slice the hot arepas in half add guacamole, beans, plantains, and any other desired toppings, such as cilantro.cutting board.jpg
  7. Ready to 2 product.jpg

Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN