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Picadillo Beef Arepas

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8 servings

Treat your family to delicious picadillo arepas with this easy weeknight recipe. Get out the ground beef and masarepa, and let's get started!

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  • Heat dressing in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat, peppers and onions; cook 10 min. or until meat is browned, stirring occasionally. Drain. Stir in tomato sauce; bring to boil. Add raisins and capers; simmer on medium-low heat 15 min. or until no liquid remains, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, mix masarepa and water in large bowl until blended. Add egg and 1/2 cup cheese; mix well. Let stand 5 min. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each into ball, then flatten to 4-inch patty, moistening hands with water as necessary to prevent sticking.
  • Cook patties (arepas), in batches, on hot griddle sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 8 to 10 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Split arepas; fill with meat mixture and remaining cheese. Top with avocados.

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Food Facts

Arepas are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner at any Venezuelan table. They are typically served plain with butter and Apure (Venezuelan cheese), but they can also be grilled, fried or boiled. Arepa dough can also be used to make other Venezuelan delicacies, such as empanadas and hallacas (Venezuelan tamales).

Food Facts

Look for the flour used to make arepas in Latin sections of larger grocery stores. It might be called either masarepa or white cornmeal (arepa flour).


  • 8 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 8 servings
Calories 410
Total fat 19g
Saturated fat 8g
Cholesterol 95mg
Sodium 510mg
Carbohydrate 35g
Dietary fiber 4g
Sugars 9g
Protein 25g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 15 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 15 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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