Vegan Arepas

Enjoy a healthy and lean version of this famous Latin delicacy preparing. These vegan arepas are the perfect excuse for a not-so-guilty pleasure.

  • Servings 4
  • 45
  • Easy

Recipe

Ingredients

For the Mushroom and Avocado Salad:

  • 1 small Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups Cremini Mushrooms
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Red Pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced
  • 1 Chili Pepper, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped
  • 1 Avocado, peeled and pitted
  • Cilantro bunch, finely chopped
  • 1 Lime
  • ½ tsp. ground Chipotle Pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground Cumin
  • 2-3 tbsp. Mayonnaise – optional
  • Salt

For the Arepas:

  • 3 cups precooked White Corn Flour (P.A.N. or Masarepa)
  • 3 ¼ cups Warm Water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Oil

Directions

For the Mushroom and Avocado Salad:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a medium bowl and toss gentley.

For the Arepas:

  1. Pour the water into a medium bowl. Add the corn flour and salt, and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon or your hands. make sure there are no lumps lumps. Let the dough rest for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Take a piece of dough with your hand and roll it into a ball (the size of a tennis ball), then press it between your hands, into a disc. Press your thumbs around the outside of the disc to form a nice edge. The discs should be 3½ – 4 inches in diameter and ⅓ to ½ inch thick. Put the discs on a large plate lined with a plastic wrap or baking sheet. If the dough is dry or cracks when you roll it, add more warm water.
  3. Sear the arepas in a lightly oiled cast iron or non stick skillet over a medium-hot heat. Cook them for 5-7 minutes on each side. If the arepas are browning too quickly, lower the heat down a bit.
  4. When all the arepas are ready, let them cool just a little bit, then slice them lenghwise and stuff them with mushroom and avocado salad.
  5. Serve warm.

Pro Tips for the perfect Vegan Arepas

Arepa flour can be found in the USA through Target or Walmart, as well as your local Latin market. Alternatively you may order it from Amazon. But to be honest…it’s much better when you enjoy these arepas with home-made dough.

Are arepas healthy?

For those of you in a Gluten Free diet or Low Sodium/Heart Healthy Diet, an arepa can be a healthier alternative to a sandwich, as long as you fill it with healthy fillings like some scrambled egg whites and other cheeses or meats you are allowed to eat

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