Cheese Filled Arepas

Prep Time: 25 min  |  Cook Time: 8 min  |  Servings: 8  |  Calories: 411
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Cheese Filled Arepas
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
8 min

Arepas are small cornmeal cakes that originated centuries ago in South America. In this recipe, the cake is stuffed with Sargento® Authentic Mexican Cheese, then fried to a light brown crispiness and served warm with salsa. For best results, be sure to let the dough rest for 15 minutes before making the cakes.

  • 4 cups instant corn masa (masa harina)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 cups cold tap water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil plus more for frying
  • 1-1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 oz.) Sargento® Shredded Authentic Mexican Cheese
  • Salsa for serving
  1. In a large bowl, stir together masa and baking powder. Add water, 1/2 cup oil, oregano, salt and cayenne pepper; mix well until dough is stiff. Knead dough in the bowl several times. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Divide dough into 16 balls about 2 inches in diameter (about 3 ounces each). Flatten each ball into a 3-inch circle. Mound cheese in center of 8 of the circles; top with remaining circles. Press edges together firmly to seal; shape between hands into 4-inch patties. (At this point the arepas may be covered and refrigerated up to 1 day before cooking).
  3. Heat 1/8-inch depth of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 3 of the arepas; cook 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining arepas, adding more oil to skillet as needed. Serve warm with salsa.

Serving Size


*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Amount/Serving %DV*
Total Fat 22.50g 35%
Sat. Fat 5.30g 25%
Mono Unsat. Fat 10.20g
Poly Unsat. Fat 5.00g
Cholesterol 20mg 6%
Sodium 357mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 0g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A 3RE
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 243mg 23%
Iron 5mg 22%