Arepas with Chili Lime Pork

Arepas are crunchy on the outside with a soft inside. Use in place of bread to give your sandwiches an extra kick!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10


  • Arepas:
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 2 cups P.A.N. corn meal
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Chili Lime Pork:
  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 limes zested and juiced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar


  1. Directions for Arepas:
  2. Pour water into a bowl. Slowly add the salt and corn meal. Knead until it has formed a smooth dough and then let rest for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Separate your dough into 10 sections and form each one into a patty.Heat a griddle over medium heat. I brushed mine with vegetable oil, but this is an optional step. When your pan is ready, place patties in skillet and fry for about 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Remove from heat and cut open and fill with sandwich fillings of your choice. The arepas should be served hot.
  5. Directions for Chili Lime Pork:
  6. In a resealable bag, combine olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, and all of the spices. Use your fingers to knead the bag making sure it is all combined. Add pork and seal bag. Again use your fingers to knead the bag and turn the pork making sure it is completely covered with the marinade. Refrigerate for about 1-2 hours to let the marinade soak in.
  7. When ready to cook, preheat grill. Grill the pork for about 20-25 minutes until it is cooked through (145 degrees F). Let stand for 3-5 minutes before slicing it.