All right all right! We know they seem pretty similar, but arepas, pupusas and gorditas are actually completely different from one another. Here’s why:
Arepas are like bread in Venezuela and Colombia. They are made from a pre-cooked corn meal flour called Masarepa. The are lightly cooked in a griddle until crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside. Venezuelans like to fill them with all types of proteins and vegetables, while Colombians prefer to top them with white cheese.
Gorditas resemble arepas, but like pupusas, they are made with Masa Harina (an iteration of Corn Flour which contains slacked lime). They are beloved by Mexicans and usually deep fried until golden crispy. Gorditas are usually filled with cheese, onion, beef or pork and served with salsa.
Originally from El Salvador but sometimes present in other Central American countries, they are made from Masa Harina. Larger and flatter than arepas, pupusas are usually stuffed with cheese, beans or chicharrón before cooking on a griddle.
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