Traditional Arepa Recipe- Reina Pepiada

Even though this recipe is called Reina Pepiada Arepas (means fully loaded princess arepas) you don’t have to be royalty to enjoy them. However, we must warn you that your taste buds will feel like a Princess!

Reina Pepiada Arepas are one of Venezuela’s most traditional arepas. We show you in our how-to video below or the step by step instructions you can find once you scroll down, how easy it is to make the filling for these special and yummy crispy treats!

  1. Prepare Your Dough



  • 1 cup of corn flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • Pinch of salt

In a large mixing bowl you want to make sure to mix your corn flour and salt well, before adding your water. Knead the dough until it’s nice and smooth and forms a large ball.

  1. Roll & Bake


Take small portions of the dough, about the size of the palm of your hand and roll the dough into smooth balls. Place the balls into your Holstein Arepa Maker. Then close your maker (it is normal to need to press down on the lid firmly) and allow your arepas to bake for seven to ten minutes, depending on how crispy you like them, we left our baking for about 8 minutes.

  1. Prepare The Filling



  • 1 ½ cup of pre-cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 small avocados
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp of mayo
  • ½ cup of chopped red onion

In a small mixing bowl mix together your avocado and shredded chicken. Once it is well mixed add in your onions and stir together. Then add a pinch of salt and mix once again. Lastly, add in your mayonnaise and  stir until you have a creamer mixture.

  1. Fill The Arepa & Your Bellies!

cut & fill

With your baked arepas still warm take your knife and cut open the arepas. Tip: Don’t cut the arepas completely in half, leave about an inch or two border still connected. Use your knife to gently scrape out some of the center dough so that more of your filling will fit in the center. Then take a spoonful of your avocado and chicken mixture, and fill the arepas.

Lastly sink your teeth into this traditional arepa recipe and enjoy!