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4.73 from 15 votes

Grilled Cheese Arepas

Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
20 mins


  • 1 cup Harina P.A.N. pre-cooked white corn meal
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 slices of cheese


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the corn meal, water, and salt. 
  2. Mix for two minutes until it forms a soft dough.
  3. Let the dough rest for about 5 minutes.
  4. Turn the dough into 4 balls of equal size. Flatten them with the palms of your hands so they form discs of about 4-5 inches.
  5. Spray a pan with non-stick spray, and warm up the pan.
  6. Grill the discs at medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.
  7. Remove the arepas from the pan. While the arepas are still warm, cut one side open with a knife making a pocket. Fill each arepa with a slice of cheese. 
  8. Heat up the pan again, and cook the cheese-filled arepas for a couple minutes on each side so it becomes grilled cheese arepas. 
Gluten-free Grilled Cheese Arepas
Making the dough for arepas
Making gluten-free arepas with cornmeal
Gluten-free Grilled Cheese Arepas using cornmeal
Stack of Grilled Cheese Arepas
Stack of gluten-free Grilled Cheese Arepas
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