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Colombian Arepas with Halloumi, Avocado & Refried Beans

Halloumi, refried beans, fresh salsa and avocado are stuffed inside a deliciously moreish fried Colombian arepas, made from masarepas flour, cheese and butter. South American cuisine doesn't get much better than this!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins



  • 2 cup warm water
  • 2 cup masarepas flour
  • 2 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 2 tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 white onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tin of kidney beans
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)


  • Sliced avocado
  • Fried halloumi
  • Salsa (pico de gallo)
  • Refried beans


Make Arepas:

  • Mix water, flour, mozzarella, butter and salt together in a bowl. Knead until soft. Roll into ball, place between two sheets of baking paper, and roll until 1cm thick. Cut into circles using a glass.

Make Salsa:

  • Toss tomatoes, onion and coriander together. Squeeze over lime juice and season with salt and pepper.

Make Refried Beans:

  • Sauté onion in oil on a frying pan over medium heat until soft, around 5 minutes. Add in garlic, kidney beans, chilli powder and seasoning. Cook for a further two minutes, then transfer to a blender. Pulse until a chunky consistency, then return to pan and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Compile Arepas:

  • Fry arepas on a greased griddle pan or regular frying pan on a medium heat until golden on each side, between 3 and 5 minutes. In a separate pan, fry sliced up halloumi at a medium-high heat until crispy and browned on each side, around 1 minute.
  • Once everything is cooked, slice arepas in half horizontally and stuff with various toppings. Enjoy!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Colombian, South American
Keyword arepas, avocado, beans, cornmeal, Dough, Gluten-free, halloumi, refried beans, Salsa, sandwhich, Vegetarian