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Cooking and eating the El Domino Arepa

Cooking and eating the El Domino Arepa

A couple weeks ago I shared a post about making Venezuelan arepas. There are numerous ways to fill arepas, turning them into little sandwiches.  My favorite vegetarian option is the El Domino Arepa, stuffed with black beans and shredded cheese.  It is so YUMMY!!

Arepas are made from corn flour aka harina de masa which means that they are also gluten-free, making them a great alternative to bread!!  Personally I like them way more than any gluten-free bread I’ve ever tried.  To make the actual arepas requires only three ingredients:  corn flour, water and salt.  Learning to get the proper round shape is a bit more challenging, but even if they aren’t perfect (which mine are not) they still taste great!!

There are many other options for filling your arepa and they are even great plain with a little bit of Guasacaca Sauce, this super yummy green sauce made from avocado, cilantro, parsley and more.  It’s a little like a creamy Chimichurri sauce.  Or use arepas as a replacement for toast with your eggs at breakfast time.  Truly the possibilities for enjoying tasty arepas is endless!!

If you want to learn more about the special techniques to make these arepas, check out the full blog post on Making Venezuelan Arepas.

The Recipe

El Domino Arepa

Delicious corn arepas filled with black beans and shredded cheese
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Course: Lunch, Sandwich, Snack
Cuisine: Latin American
Keyword: arepas, black beans
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Lyn Croyle


  • 1 cup harina de maiz
  • 1 1/14 cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups black beans
  • 1 cup Shredded white cheese


  • Place water and salt into a bowl and stir to mix. When salt is dissolved, add the harina de maiz and mix to combine. You can begin mixing with a spoon, but you will eventually need to mix with your hands. The harina will begin to absorb the water and as you mix the dough will become less sticky. If it still feels too sticky after mixing, let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Heat a pan on medium-low heat. Place a small amount of oil in the pan and spread it around with a paper towel to cover the entire pan.
  • To form the arepas make the dough into balls with about ¼ cup of dough using the palms of your hands. After forming the ball, begin to flatten the ball. It helps to wet your hand slightly, so the dough doesn’t stick as you are trying to roll and flatten. You want the arepa to be about ¼” – 1/3” thick.
  • Place the formed arepas into the pan and allow them to cook undisturbed for 7-8 minutes. Then flip and continue cooking for an additional 7-8 minutes on the other side. The arepas will likely need up to 30 minutes total cooking time to completely cook on the inside.
  • When the arepas are ready, heat your beans on top of the stove and season as desired. When the beans are heated, you are ready to stuff your arepas. ;;Cut the arepa in half through the center of the arepa leaving a part attached at the bottom. Place the beans and cheese on the inside.
  • You should end up with four arepas.


Serving: 1arepa | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 1.8mg



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