Francine Lizotte


Crispy on the outside and soft & chewy on the inside, these are a great food vessel for sandwiches like Gatira, Pernil or even Beef Brisket...


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6 arepas
10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top



  • 3 c
    hot water (between 130-135ºf)
  • 1 tsp
    ground himalayan sea salt
  • 3 c
    white masarepa (pre-cooked white corn meal), such as goya or p.a.n.
  • 2 Tbsp
    canola oil, or more if needed

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 c
    red onions, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    red peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    poblano peppers, chopped
  • 2 large
    cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3 to 3 1/2 c
    beef brisket
  • 1 tsp
    hot sauce such as cholula®, or more to taste
  • 3/4 c
    sharp cheddar cheese, grated



  1. To make arepas; In a large bowl, add water and salt; stir until salt is dissolved. Gradually add cornmeal, mixing with fingers to break up any lumps. If mixture gets too hard to mix, add 1 tbsp. hot water. Cover with a moist towel and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  3. Portion dough into 6 disks of 4 ½-inches in diameter by ¾-inches thick with slopped edges. If disks crack, add 1 more tbsp. hot water.
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. In batches of 3, cook arepas for 2 to 2 ½ minutes per side or until golden brown. Place them on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat.
  5. Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until they rise. Remove from the heat and cool for 7 minutes before slicing 2/3rds through forming a pocket. Stuff with beef brisket mixture and grated cheese
  6. To make beef brisket; In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp. oil. When hot, add onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add peppers and cook for 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for only 1 minute. Add beef brisket and stir to mix before drizzling on ½ tbsp. olive oil to prevent from sticking. Stir in hot sauce, cover, reduce heat to low and keep warm until needed. Makes 6 arepas.
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