Treat your family to delicious picadillo arepas with this easy weeknight recipe. Get out the ground beef and masarepa, and let's get started!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 8 servings
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
1-1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup capers
1-1/2 cups masarepa
1-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Four Cheese, divided
2 avocados, sliced
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Let's Make It
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.
Enjoy your favorite foods on occasion but remember to keep tabs on portions.
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).
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).
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0.5g
Total Carbohydrates 35g
Dietary Fibers 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* 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.