Beef Arepas with Pickled Onion, Avocado & Radishes

Beef Arepas

with Pickled Onion, Avocado & Radishes

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

A specialty of Venezuelan and Colombian cuisines, arepas are flat, round cornbreads, traditionally topped or filled with delicious ingredients. In this recipe, we’re making our own dough with masarepa (a type of corn flour), water and salt, then shaping it by hand­—all in just a few minutes. For a delightfully zesty twist, we’re seasoning our ground beef (or “carne molida”) with a complex blend of Mexican spices, balanced perfectly by creamy avocado, crunchy radishes and red onion quickly pickled with sugar and vinegar.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    775 Cals (est.)
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel, halve and thinly slice the onion. Pit, peel and thinly slice the avocado. Cut off and discard the ends of the radishes; thinly slice the radishes into rounds.

Pickle the onion:
2 Pickle the onion:

In a small pan, combine the sugar, vinegar and half the onion; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the onion has softened and the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and set aside to pickle, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes.

Brown the beef:
3 Brown the beef:

While the onion pickles, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ground beef; season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Add the aromatics:
4 Add the aromatics:

To the pan of beef, add the remaining onion and as much of the spice blend as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until the beef is cooked through and the onion has softened. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool slightly. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

Form the arepas:
5 Form the arepas:

In a large bowl, combine the masarepa, a big pinch of salt and ½ cup of lukewarm water. Stir until just combined. (The dough should be moist and easy to shape. If the dough seems dry, add up to ¼ cup of water.) Using wet hands, divide the dough into 4 equal-sized balls; on a clean, dry work surface, carefully flatten into ¼-inch-thick rounds.

Cook the arepas & plate your dish:
6 Cook the arepas & plate your dish:

In the pan used to cook the beef, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the arepas and cook 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Divide the cooked arepas between 2 dishes and top with the cooked beef. Season the avocado with salt and pepper. Garnish the arepas with the seasoned avocado, radishes and as much of the pickled onion as you’d like (draining just before adding). Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel, halve and thinly slice the onion. Pit, peel and thinly slice the avocado. Cut off and discard the ends of the radishes; thinly slice the radishes into rounds.

2 Pickle the onion:

In a small pan, combine the sugar, vinegar and half the onion; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the onion has softened and the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and set aside to pickle, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes.

Pickle the onion:
Brown the beef:
3 Brown the beef:

While the onion pickles, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ground beef; season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.

4 Add the aromatics:

To the pan of beef, add the remaining onion and as much of the spice blend as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until the beef is cooked through and the onion has softened. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool slightly. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

Add the aromatics:
Form the arepas:
5 Form the arepas:

In a large bowl, combine the masarepa, a big pinch of salt and ½ cup of lukewarm water. Stir until just combined. (The dough should be moist and easy to shape. If the dough seems dry, add up to ¼ cup of water.) Using wet hands, divide the dough into 4 equal-sized balls; on a clean, dry work surface, carefully flatten into ¼-inch-thick rounds.

6 Cook the arepas & plate your dish:

In the pan used to cook the beef, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the arepas and cook 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Divide the cooked arepas between 2 dishes and top with the cooked beef. Season the avocado with salt and pepper. Garnish the arepas with the seasoned avocado, radishes and as much of the pickled onion as you’d like (draining just before adding). Enjoy!

Cook the arepas & plate your dish:
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