The Daring Miami Arepa by @consciously.vegan


To celebrate our launch into Whole Foods Market, we’ve teamed up with foodies from all across the country to create dishes inspired by the cities they live in. Next up is our friend @consciously.vegan who has created a cheesy and delicious Daring Miami Arepa that’s just as flavorful and colorful as the city it’s inspired by.




  • 1 pouch of Daring Original Breaded Pieces
  • 4 slices of vegan cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 avocado, mashed


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp cilantro
  • 15 oz can black beans, only drain 1 can
  • 1/2 cup water, or more if needed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


Miami is mostly known for its beaches and nightlife, but what I find most beautiful about my city is how multicultural it is. This melting pot is bursting with flavors from all different cultures, but our official food might just be…the arepa.

These Miami inspired gems are stuffed with flavorful black beans, creamy avocado, melted vegan cheese, and golden Daring Original Breaded Pieces – it’s the perfect way to bring some Miami flavor to wherever you are.

Step 1

Prepare black beans by adding oil to a medium-sized pot on medium heat. Next, add vegetables to the pot and saute until soft, about 3 minutes.

Add beans, water, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, red wine vinegar, salt and black pepper and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover, simmer for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Taste for salt and remove from heat.

Step 2

Meanwhile, make the arepas by adding cornmeal, water, and salt into a bowl and mix until well combined. Roll dough into 4 balls and place in an arepa maker. Once done, set aside to cool.

Step 3

Once cooled, slice arepas in half and add vegan cheese to the bottom layer then microwave open-faced for 15 seconds to melt cheese.

Step 4

Prepare the Daring Original Breaded Pieces according to package.

Step 5

Next, layer arepa with black beans, Daring Original Breaded Pieces, and mashed avocado. Enjoy!

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