How to make sweet potato arepas

How to make sweet potato arepas

Arepas are one of my favorite foods ever because we eat them a lot in Venezuela. They just remind me of my childhood! I don’t know where they originated because they also eat them in Colombia and Nicaragua, and probably in a lot of other places because they are SO DELICIOUS!


They are also super easy to prepare. A few years ago I saw Sascha Fitness preparing this traditional Venezuelan food in much healthier ways and if I’m being honest, this sweet potato version might be my favorite one out of all.

Here’s what you’ll need for the arepa:

  • 125 grams cooked (and peeled) sweet potato. It’s better if you bake it instead of boiling it.
  • 10 grams precooked maize flour (It’s usually on the ethnic aisle in the grocery store). You can also find it on Amazon as ‘Harina Pan’ (Here’s how it looks like)
  • 7 grams ground flax seeds (about 1 tbs)

Now, bear with me if you already know how to make arepas because this step by step is for people who have never tried making one before. If you know how to, then you don’t need to read further ahead 😉

Here’s what you’ll need for the inside: (At the end of this post I’m sharing other options in case turkey is not your thing!)

2 oz of turkey breast (check out my homemade and much healthier version here)

40 grams avocado

1 tbs Bolthouse Farms Avocado dressing

Step 1:

Put all the ingredients together on a small bowl.


Step 2:

Use your hands to mix everything together. The sweet potato makes this process super easy. Add water little by little. Start with 1 tbs and after mixing everything together, see if it needs another one.


Step 3:

Make a little ball with your hands until it looks like this.

Sorry I have no clue how else to explain this. If you are Venezuelan you must be laughing your ass off HAHAHA


Step 4:

Make the dough flat with your hands and place it on a hot non stick pan. I always spray some coconut oil just in case. It takes around 10 minutes on each side.

You can cook it all the way in the pan, or you can put it in the oven after. Up to you. I usually like my arepas super thin, so sometimes I don’t put them in the oven.

If you do put them in the oven, the temperature is 375 and they go in for 10 mins.


Step 5:

With a knife, open the arepa around the edges so you can put in anything that your heart wants. In this case I added turkey breast, avocado and the yogurt sauce. This one has become one of my favorite arepas!!

Total calories – just the arepa: 209. Carbs: 43 grams – Protein: 4.9 grams – Fat: 3 grams

Total calories with turkey and avocado: 385. Carbs: 49.3 grams – Protein: 24.7 grams – Fat: 11 grams

Other options to fill it up with:

Eggs and avocado

Scrambled eggs and cheese

Shredded chicken and avocado

Shredded beef and plantains

Black beans and avocado

There are so many ways to enjoy arepas! It’s really up to you and your taste.

Hope this post inspires you to try something new in the kitchen. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks so much for stopping by. You guys are the best! 🙂


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  • Lisa

    I hope this is as easy as it looks lol
    I made that turkey recipe though and it was the best! So healthy and such a life saver during the week 🙌🏻

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