Vegan Mixed Mushroom Arepas

Vegan Mixed Mushroom Arepas


A satisfying cornmeal cake filled with “meaty” mushrooms, vegan mozzarella cheese, and guacamole. These Vegan Mixed Mushroom Arepas are nutritious and are also easy enough for a weeknight meal. 


Vegan mixed mushroom arepas on a platter


Easy Homemade Arepas

Although arepas might initially seem complicated, they are actually incredibly easy to make. In fact, they have been enjoyed for centuries in South American countries including Venezuela, Colombia, and Panama. 

Pre-cooked cornmeal, known as masarepa, is mixed with water and a little salt to form a small cake that is then pan-fried. 

Finally, the cooked cakes are cut and filled with a hearty mixture of mushrooms, tangy dairy-free mozzarella, and creamy guacamole for the ultimate meat-free meal. 



  • White Cornmeal Hearty and versatile, cornmeal is formed into a dough for these amazing cakes. 
  • Mushrooms  – A mixture of different mushrooms adds meaty texture to this arepa filling. 
  • Garlic  –  Pungent garlic infuses the mushrooms with unforgettable flavor. 
  • Taco Seasoning  –  Spicy and smoky taco seasoning fills your senses with each bite. 
  • Vegan Mozzarella Cheese  –   Tangy and salty vegan mozzarella cheese is the perfect combination with the savory mushrooms. 
  • Guacamole  –  creamy and bright guacamole keeps you coming back bite after bite.


Vegan mixed mushroom arepas with dairy free cheese and guacamole on a platter


FAQ & Mixed Mushroom Arepa Tips:

  • Is this recipe gluten-free? 

    • Yep! The grilled arepa cakes are made from cornmeal so they are safe for people with celiac disease or those who have a gluten intolerance. 
  • Can you use yellow cornmeal instead of white? 

    • Yes. However, it must be pre-cooked corn meal known as masarepa. So just be sure to check the package and make sure it is labeled as such. We like to use the brand P.A.N. which is shown down below. 
  • Add the water slowly to the cornmeal

    • This will allow you to monitor when the dough is the correct consistency. We have found that some brands can even vary on the amounts required from what the package recommends so by adding the water slowly, it gives you more control.  
  • Mix It Up

    • Try using other mushroom varieties for this recipe or even crumbled tofu or tempeh for a protein-rich arepa.  


Weeknight Ready

Get ready for a phenomenal meatless arepa recipe that everyone is sure to love. This is one flavor-packed meal that is perfect even for a busy night. Enjoy! 

Finally, if you have made these mixed mushroom arepas, we would love to hear what you think! Please comment down below  and be sure to rate the recipe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks so much!


Ingredients for vegan mixed mushroom arepas Mixing the cornmeal (masarepa) and water in a bowl to form a dough

Sliced mushrooms and minced garlic on a cutting board next to a container of taco seasoning Forming a cornmeal cake for arepas

Areapa cornmeal cakes on a plate prior to frying The cooked mixed mushrooms in a skillet

The vegan mixed mushroom arepa ingredients prior to filling Cutting an arepa cake with a knife

Vegan mixed mushroom arepas on a plate Vegan mixed mushroom arepas on a platter with guacamole and the mushroom mixture in the background


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Vegan mixed mushroom arepas on a platter

Vegan Mixed Mushroom Arepas

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 15 min.
  • Cook Time: 20 min.
  • Total Time: 35 min.
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Sauté, Fry
  • Cuisine: South American
  • Diet: Vegan


A satisfying cornmeal cake filled with “meaty” mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and guacamole. These Vegan Mixed Mushroom Arepas are nutritious and easy!



Arepa Cakes:

  • 2 Cups White Corn Meal 
  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (For Cooking)

Mushroom Mixture:

Arepa Fillings:


  1. In a large bowl, mix the cornmeal, salt and water together to form a dough. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. 
  2. Prepare the mushrooms and garlic as per the directions above. 
  3. In a deep skillet over medium/high heat, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil followed by the sliced mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently until the mushrooms are soft and beginning to brown. Approx 5 minutes. Next, add the garlic and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 1 minute stirring frequently to prevent the garlic from burning. Add the taco seasoning to the mushroom mixture and cook for a final 2 minutes, continuing to stir. Cover and set aside. 
  4. Form the dough into small patties that are approximately 3-4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick. 
  5. In a skillet or griddle add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and place over medium/high heat. In batches of 3-4, cook the arepas until they are browned on both sides. Approx. 5 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and repeat with the remaining cornmeal cakes. 
  6. Using a serrated  knife cut each arepa ¾ of the way through making a pouch. Add a slice of vegan cheese into the pocket followed by the  spoonful of mushroom mixture and guacamole. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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