Arepas Con Queso:
Inspired by Encanto (gluten free)

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Inspired by Disney’s Encanto, I am making the Arepas con Queso that heal all wounds. These arepas are easy to make, oozing with cheese and are a great snack! Fill them with more cheese for a classic Arepas con Queso or stuff them with meat and beans to make them extra delicious. Either way you’re sure to enjoy them! 

 

If you want to turn these into more of a meal then you need to try my recipe for Pulled Pork Stuffed Arepas, recipe below… This is my go to way to eat them!

 

Delicious Pulled Pork Recipe:

 

• 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into chunks

• 3 cloves garlic, minced

• 2 tsp italian seasoning

• 2 tsp paprika

• 2 tsp chili powder

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• 1/2 tsp salt

• 1 tsp black pepper

• juice of 1/2 lime

• 1 Tbsp honey

• Enough chicken broth to cover all the meat, about 1-2 cups

• 25g fresh cilantro, chopped

 

Instructions:

 

1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of your instant pot. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally. 

 

2. Shred the meat and let it absorb all that amazing cooking juice. I like to crisp up the meat so I suggest 2 options: 1. spread the meat out on a sheet pan (drained of sauce) and put under the broiler for a few minutes until the edges crisp. or 2: crisp up the shredded meat in a frying pan (my go to method). Either way, watch the meat to make sure it doesn’t burn. Feel free to add more of the sauce afterwards and enjoy!

 

Keep scrolling for the Cilantro Crema and Smashed Black Beans recipes!

Cilantro Crema:

 

• 1/2 cup plain yogurt

• 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

• Juice of 1/2 a lime

 

 

Mix all together and enjoy!

Smashed Black Beans:

 

• 1 can of black beans (15oz), drained

• 1/2 cup water

• 1/2 tsp ground cumin

• pinch of salt

 

Over medium heat, add black beans and water. Cook until bubbling, season and smash up the beans. You want them to be chunky and not smooth. Keep stirring and cooking until all the water’s dissolved. 

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Arepas Con Queso: Inspired by Encanto

Inspired by Disney’s Encanto, I am making the Arepas con Queso that heal all wounds. These arepas are easy to make, oozing with cheese and are a great snack! Fill them with more cheese for a classic Arepas con Queso or stuff them with meat and beans to make them extra delicious. Either way you’re sure to enjoy them!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pre-cooked white cornmeal arepa flour, see note
  • 1 1/2 cups pre-cooked yellow cornmeal arepa flour, see note
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella separated in half

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine water and salt.
  • Mix in cornmeal and cheese, and let sit for 5 minutes
  • Knead until smooth and holds together with a play-dough like consistency (3-5 mins), add more water if necessary.
  • Divide the dough into evenly sized balls; 8 for large or 10 for smaller).
  • Wet hands to help shape patties. Press until they are about ½ inch thick.
  • Over medium-low heat, preheat a lightly greased large pan.
  • Add the arepas and cook on each side for about 5 minutes. Both sides should be browned and the arepa should be cooked through and not wet!
  • Allow the arepas to cool slightly (enough so that you can touch them without burning yourself!) Slice them in half and fill with the remaining cheese.
  • Put the arepas back on the pan and cook for a few more minutes on both sides until the cheese is all melty, gooey and delicious!

Notes

Note: You can use just white or yellow cornmeal instead of mixing the two. I like the taste of the two mixed together but they are still delicious with just one.

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