Makes 4-6 Prep Time 5 minutes   Cook Time 15 minutes   Rated:


The Arepa originates from Colombia but is common now in the United States probably due to the large Colombian population. They are a fried flat bread made and eaten daily by those in the know using a cooked corn flour. They are often eaten like a tortilla with toppings ranging from meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables or even sweet with a type of dulce de leche. You can also split them and eat them as you would a sandwich. This recipe appears in my new cookbook, Tenina’s America and if you are an Insider you are receiving a discount on the pre-order of that book right now! Make sure you check your home page for details if you are reading this in October!! (Or join us and get the discount!)

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Place cheese into the Thermomix bowl and mill 8 sec/speed 8.


Add remaining ingredients and mix 10 sec/speed 8.


Knead 1 min/Interval.


Turn out onto a floured silpat mat and push together into a flat round. Wrap and rest the dough for 10 minutes.


Preheat a cast iron frying pan on a medium heat until very hot.


Divide the dough into 4-6 equal pieces and roll into balls, then flatten using wet hands.


Add plenty of EVOO to the hot pan and cook arepas one at a time, turning as needed and adding oil as needed until golden and forming a crust on each side.


Eat hot with plenty of butter, grated cheese, Chimichurri, Roasted Red Capsicum Puree, or any toppings of choice.


The flour used is a cooked maize that is dried and then ground into flour. You can source it in South American or African grocery suppliers in Australia.

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