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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


  • 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


  • 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!


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.