Published on May 6, 2017

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Photography by PINCH OF YUM

Haven’t heard of Arepas? Prepare to add this to your “cravings” Pinterest board because once you give these a try, sandwich-making will be forever changed. Made from precooked cornmeal, this Colombian and Venezuelan pocket is naturally gluten-free, easy to make, and can be filled or topped with just about anything. Scroll through for some delicious ways to make this Latin American staple.

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Basic Arepa Recipe

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this three-ingredient dough truly is a hidden gem from the southern hemisphere. Keep this basic recipe from Homegrown and Healthy on hand, and let culinary inspiration ensue.

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Black Bean Arepas With Mango and Aji

Presentation is everything with this dish from Rhubarbarians. Topped with vibrant ingredients and served open-faced, this meat-free arepa makes a special main course that is anything but boring.

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Carnitas and Sweet Potato Arepas

The crispy sweet potato counters the spiciness of the magic green sauce (recipe included!), for an amazing balance of flavors in this epic sandwich recipe by Pinch of Yum.

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Cilantro and Cheese Mini Arepas

For an appetizer that’s sure to please, look no further than these tasty (and extremely easy) miniature arepas by Hispanic Kitchen. In under 30 minutes you can have these ready alongside zesty salsa or homemade dip.

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Pulled Pork Arepas

Here’s a sandwich from Serious eats that ventures into dinner territory with filling pulled pork, queso fresco, and fresh cilantro. Serve with margaritas, and weeknight dinners just got interesting.

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Mushroom Arepas

Trying something new can seem intimidating, but we promise this healthy meal by Thyme & Love is worth it. The filling combines carrots, bell peppers, and onions with cremini mushrooms for a complex, nutrient-rich base that makes a pretty extraordinary sandwich.

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Plantain, Black Bean, Havarti Arepa

Perfectly caramelized plantains are layered with avocado sauce and melted cheese in this recipe by Little Ferraro Kitchen. Even meat-lovers can get down with this vegetarian dish.

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Photography by MATT ARMENDARIZ

Arepas with Poblano Pulled Chicken

This recipe by Weelicious is fast (under 30 minutes!), packed with South American flair, and makes an all-around great weeknight dinner. Post it on your ‘gram, and others will be begging you for the recipe.

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Breakfast Arepas

These tasty pockets from Imma Eat That are so versatile, and they make a solid base for eggs, fresh peppers, and avocado. Toast has some major competition.

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Chicken and Avocado Arepas

Tired of the same old lunches you have in rotation? Bring this creamy chicken Venezuelan sandwich by Panning the Globe to work and be the envy of coworkers. 

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