Spicy Fried Arepas

READY IN: 53mins
SERVES: 5-10




  • Place water in a medium pot over moderate heat, add meat, seasonings and hot pepper, stirring to distribute seasonings.
  • Allow to cook for 10 mins then add soy sauce, black pepper , sugar and salt if needed. Add more water if necessary for meat to cook thoroughly.
  • Cook until water is absorbed completely. Set aside to cool until dough is ready.
  • Dough:
  • In a medium bowl, sift and combine corm meal, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Add sugar followed by the margarine and shortening. Using a fork or pastry blender combine the fat in to the flour mixture until it looks like bread crumbs.
  • Add water half cups at a time and knead into a soft dough. (water amount may vary for different types of cornmeal).
  • Divide dough into balls about the size of an egg. On a non-stick surface or on a greased plastic bag, press out a ball into a round disc about 1/8 inch thick. (a tortilla press is ideal for making the discs).
  • On one half, fill with one tablespoon of filling, wet the edges of the other side and fold over and seal off by pressing edges together.
  • Set aside until ready to fry.
  • Heat 2 cups veg oil and fry Arepas until golden brown, turning after the first 4 mins or so.
  • Remove the Arepas and drain on brown paper bag sheets or bounty towels. Remove thearepas from the first set of paper and wrap in a second set of paper towels, keep covered in a container if not using immediately.
  • Note: the uncooked Arepas can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and fried immediately when needed without thawing.