I first tried arepas when I lived in Seattle. My boss’ Columbian wife and her sisters brought them into the office one day for lunch and I was immediately hooked. We started having them almost weekly and I couldn’t get enough! I’m sure there are traditional toppings, but according to my new favorite Columbian recipes website, you can top your arepas with anything you love.
I made some of my spiced chicken to pile up on the arepas and served with tons of veggies, including a vinegary/sweet slaw. My favorite toppings were the poblanos, black beans, and cheese.
These are made with cheese in the dough, and then of course you should top them with more cheese! Because duh, it’s cheese.
Build Your Own Arepas
Set out as many arepas as you think your family or party will consume, then set out bowl and plates of as many toppings as you can conjure up!
Avocado or Guacamole
Corn Poblano Salad
Braised Short Ribs (right?!)
What would you put in or on your arepas?