White Corn and Mangalitsa Pork Arepas with Hogao – GEEK EATS Disney Recipe

Adventures by Disney has announced a trip to Columbia. This trip will let adventurers see the land that inspired Disney’s Encanto. There will be plenty of different exciting things to experience for guests on this trip, including some incredible foods. Guests won’t just be eating food, however. They will also get the chance to learn how to the traditional Columbian dish Arepas. Just like is seen in Encanto, adventurers will learn how to make Arepas like Julieta Madrigal, Mirabel’s mom, did for her family in the movie.

For those who aren’t going to Columbia, or want to practice ahead of time, Disney has shared a recipe for White Corn and Mangalitsa Pork Arepas with Hogao from  Colombian-born Disney Chef Danny Contreras. The recipe comes from the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival recipe vault. 

White Corn and Mangalitsa Pork Arepas with Hogao – GEEK EATS Disney Recipe


Mangalista is a prized breed of pig with meat that is exceptionally juicy, tender, and marbled. “Rillettes” refers to a style of cooking the meat until it’s tender enough to easily shred, then blend to form a rustic paste. 



  • 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Sliced Scallions
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 2 Cups Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  • 3/1/2 Pounds Pork Shoulder, Cut in Large Pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon Course Salt, Plus More to Taste
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper, Plus More to Taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1/1/2 Cups Chopped Yellow Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Celery
  • 4 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Columbian Lager or Chicken Broth
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes


  • 2/1/2 Cups Precooked White Cornmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Coarse Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 3 Cups Warm Water
  • 1/4 Cup Canola Oil



  1. Preheat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes, until hot.
  2. Add scallions, garlic, and cumin. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  3. Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, until tomatoes are softened.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, until thickened.
  5. Cool completely and store covered in refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F degrees.
  2. Generously season pork with salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large, deep-sided pot over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add onions and garlic and sweat until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Be careful not to brown.
  4. Add reserved pork, celery, chicken broth, lager (or chicken broth), bay leaves, thyme, and pepper flakes. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a gentle boil. Cook until liquid reduces slightly, about 5 minutes.
  5. Cover, transfer to oven, and cook until fork tender, about 3 hours. Remove from oven.
  6. Remove pork from liquid, reserving cooking liquid, and transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cool for 10 minutes. Mix on low speed until meat is broken up.
  7. Strain solids from reserved sauce.
  8. Run mixer at a low speed, and slowly add sauce back into meat until it reaches a pate-like consistency. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Set aside and cool while making arepas dough.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix cornmeal, sugar, salt, and melted butter in a large bowl; slowly add water until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Wet hands and form ball of dough with 1/4 cup of cornmeal mixture. Press to form arepa cake about 3 inches wide and 1/4- to 1/3- inch thick (Dough will continue to stiffen. If dough becomes too stiff, add a small amount of water.).
  3. Form 2 tablespoons of pork rillettes mixture into a small ball. Place in center of arepa and form cake around meat mixture. Once pork is totally covered, gently press into a flattened cake. Repeat until all arepas are ready for cooking.
  4. With caution, heat 1/4 cup canola oil in a large sauté pan or skillet over medium heat, until hot. Working in batches, fry arepas for 5 minutes. Turn and fry and additional 5-6 minutes, until golden.
  5. Place on prepared baking sheet and repeat step until all cakes are fried, adding more oil to the pan if necessary.
  6. Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until arepas sound lightly hollow when tapped.
  7. Remove from oven and top with hogao before serving.

Making arepas is just one of many adventures that will be had when guests visit Columbia with Adventures by Disney. To book this trip, or any other Disney trip, visit Mouseways Travel. Let them focus on the details so you can focus on the fun. They are also the official travel partner of Daps Magic and good friends!

What do you think of this recipe? Did you try it? How did it turn out? Share your thoughts, opinions, and experiences in the comments below! Happy cooking!


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