• Heat oven to 350°. In a bowl, combine masa harina and salt. Pour 2 cups boiling water over masa harina; stir well. Mix in melted butter. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.

  • Shape dough into 8 balls. Place each ball between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and carefully flatten with a pan to form disks measuring 3 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Mend any cracked edges with your fingers. Place arepas on a baking sheet; cover with plastic wrap.

  • Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a cast-iron skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Add 4 arepas to skillet. Cook 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer back to baking sheet. Add remaining 1 tbsp oil to skillet and repeat cooking with last 4 arepas. Place baking sheet with all 8 arepas in oven and bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, slice chorizo lengthwise, then cut each of those pieces in half on the bias (there should be a total of 8 pieces). In the same skillet, cook chorizo over medium heat until hot and browned, about 6 minutes.

  • Slice hot arepas lengthwise about three-fourths of the way through. Fill each with a piece of chorizo, avocado and cheese. If desired, drizzle with tomatillo salsa. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

226 calories; 13 g total fat; 20 mg cholesterol; 291 mg sodium. 21 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein;