For Colombians like myself, arepas are life. They are small, round corn cakes that come from the pre-Columbian indigenous cultures of Colombia and Venezuela. In fact, the word arepa comes from erepa, the indigenous word for corn. Think of them as the Colombian version of a Mexican gordita, or a Salvadorian pupusa.
There are several Colombian varieties of arepa, from simple ones, topped with butter and salt, to meat, cheese, and/or bean stuffed ones. Each region has their own take on the tasty handheld staple. These 13 arepas are among the most popular in Colombia.