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Are Arepas Gluten Free? Everything You Need to Know

Falling somewhere between a pancake and a tortilla, arepas are a type of corn cake popular in Columbia and Venezuela. Arepas are made of ground maize dough and can be stuffed with meats, cheeses, or vegetables. That all sounds pretty good, but are arepas gluten-free?

Let’s find out.

are arepas gluten free

Are Arepas Gluten Free?

Yes, they are! The basic arepas recipe calls for pre-cooked cornmeal, vegetable oil, warm water, and a little bit of salt. All of these ingredients are safe to eat for people with gluten intolerance as well as those with celiac disease.

Now that we know that arepas are safe to eat, the next question is where to find them?

That’s an easy one! They can be purchased at most grocery stores, or you can easily make them at home using the easy recipe below.

Keep reading to get all the details 🙂

Can I Make Arepas at Home?

how to make gluten free arepas at home

Yes! They are quite simple to make at home.

Here is the basic recipe – mix water and salt, and then add in some cornmeal. Combine the ingredients with your fingers until a dough forms. Use the dough to create equal dough balls and then flatten them into patties. Now all that’s left to do is fry them in a bit of vegetable oil. So easy!

Click here for the complete easy gluten-free arepas recipe.

Where to Buy Arepas?

You can find arepas at local Venezuelan or Colombian restaurants as well as pre-made varieties in the grocery store.

The Takeaway

To sum it up, arepas are a gluten-free corn cake popular in South America. They are simple to make at home and can be found pre-made in many grocery stores. So go ahead an enjoy some arepas today!

To find more information about the gluten-free lifestyle, read my story and check out the “Is it Gluten Free” library.