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Arepas With Sweet & Savory Fillings on White Plates | Vitacost.com/blog
Colorful Arepas, Two Ways: Sweet & Savory
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Servings: 10
Calories: 265 kcal
Author: Iso Rapalo
  • 2 cups pre-cooked white corn meal
  • 2-½ cups warm water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
Optional Dough Colorings
Savory Filling
  • 1 ripe sweet plantain sliced into rounds
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small purple onion diced
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 15 oz. can Vitacost Organic Black Beans drained
  • ½ block queso fresco/white cheese sliced into small pieces
  • Optional: Fresh crema/whipped sour cream for topping
Sweet Filling
Dulce De Leche Cream
  • 2 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Arepa Dough
  1. In large bowl, combine warm water, salt and avocado oil. Gradually add pre-cooked white corn meal. Stir well.
  2. If adding coloring to dough, divide dough into two equal parts in two separate mixing bowls.
  3. In small bowl, add 1 to 2 tsp. of purple sweet potatoes powder and mix with 1-2 tsp. of water to form paste. In separate small bowl, repeat process using pink pitaya powder.
  4. Pour one coloring each into bowls containing separated dough. Knead together each dough ball and coloring until smooth. Let rest 5-10 minutes.
  5. Grease hands with avocado oil and shape each of the colored doughs into approximately 5 balls. Press each ball with palms to form disc-shaped patty.
  6. In skillet or griddle over medium heat, add ghee and cook dough 5-8 minutes per side until browned. (Note: For crispier arepas, bake in oven for 10 minutes at 400 degree F.)
  1. In non-stick skillet over medium heat, add small amount of oil. Cook plantains until brown and remove from skillet.
  2. In same skillet, add olive oil, onions, garlic and salt and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add black beans and cook 8 minutes. Set aside.
  1. With sharp knife, carefully slice purple arepas down middle most of the way to create pocket. Fill each with plantains, bean mixture and cheese. Top with dollop of fresh crema, if desired.
  1. In bowl, combine pear slices with lime juice. Set aside.
  2. In skillet over medium-high heat, combine butter, sugar, ginger, spices, vanilla, condensed milk, cream and honey bourbon (if using) and cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly and caramelized. (Note: Do not burn.)
  3. Add pears, lower heat and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes.
Dulce De Leche Cream
  1. In saucepan, combine all ingredients and cook, stirring, until it thickens, about 5 to 8 minutes. (Note: Do not burn.)
  1. With sharp knife, carefully slice pink arepas down middle most of the way to create pocket. Fill each with pear mixture. Drizzle with dulce de leche cream.
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Nutrition Facts
Colorful Arepas, Two Ways: Sweet & Savory
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 304mg13%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.