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slices of Arepas Con Queso on a cutting board
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Arepas con Queso

Made with 5 ingredients (+ oil for cooking), these easy Arepas con Queso make a tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese arepas recipe, Disney Encanto Arepa recipe, how to make cheese arepas
Servings: 6
Calories: 349kcal
Author: Lori


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cups masarepa instant white corn flour
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese freshly shredded
  • Oil for cooking


  • Add water, butter and salt to a mixing bowl.
  • Using your hand, mix in half of the corn flour. Add the remaining corn flour and continuing mixing. If dough is too dry, add additional water a tablespoon at a time.
  • Add half of the cheese and knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  • Separate the dough into 6 pieces, each about the size of a baseball. Take one dough ball and form it into a crater in the palm of your hand. Add a tablespoon of cheese in the pocket and seal by forming the dough around the cheese.
  • Flatten the dough ball into a thick patty, about 1/2” thick. Repeat until all arepas are formed.
  • Heat a skillet to Medium heat. Coat with a thin layer of oil.
  • Fry the arepas for 3 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating.


  • Look for the Goya or P.A.N. brands of masarepa. Do NOT substitute with Masa Harina or cornmeal.
  • We recommend flipping the arepas just one time to keep them from falling apart.
  • Store leftover arepas in a storage bag on the counter for 1-2 days or up to 4 days in the refrigerator. To reheat: heat in the oven or in a greased skillet.
  • Nutritional information will vary based on ingredients used.


Serving: 1arepa | Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 492mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 571IU | Calcium: 423mg | Iron: 1mg