Quiero Arepas (Dedicated GF Food Truck)

Quiero Arepas (A Dedicated GF Food Truck!)

Quiero Arepas (Dedicated GF Food Truck)
Quiero Arepas Window

Last week as I made a brief trip home for Easter, I stopped by Quiero Arepas on my way to DIA (Denver International Airport). And, boy, was it a worthwhile stop!

Quiero Arepas is a special place. It’s a Venezuelan food truck, serving up delicious arepas. Igor, one of the owners is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela. And, secondly, it’s a dedicated gluten free food truck. That’s a huge deal for anyone with celiac disease like me.

Plus, everyone wants more arepas! They’ve won awards such as best food truck in Denver, and were featured on station such as the Food Network, Cooking Channel, and CBS.

Quiero Arepas (Dedicated GF Food Truck)
How awesome is the dinosaur bike rack outside of the food truck?!

So, what is an arepa?

An arepa is a bread found in Venezuela made of white cornmeal, water, and salt. (This means the “flatbread” is dairy and egg free too.) While arepas can be served in a variety of ways, grilled, fried, or baked, those from Quiero Arepas are grilled. In essence, it’s a big filling grilled, “flat bread” sandwich! Here, you can fill your arepa with either some traditional fillings or some modernized ones as well.

Quiero Arepas (Dedicated GF Food Truck)
My first arepa!

What do they serve at Quiero Arepas?

Quiero Arepas (Dedicated GF Food Truck)The menu at Quiero Arepas changes each day, but you can check out some of the staple menu items on their website. The menu items include arepas and plantains. You can even modify an item, such as I chose to do.

I was so impressed by Igor and Beckie’s welcoming nature. They were great about answering all my additional food allergy questions as well. They even did a beautiful job packing my arepa to go. 🙂

Quiero Arepas (Dedicated GF Food Truck)
An Arepa To Go

 So, how was the food?

Quiero Arepas (Dedicated GF Food Truck)I loved my arepa! I didn’t get the sauce, so it wasn’t too heavy, but the best part was the bread itself. The arepa was crispy, and not too chewy. Plus, it holds together well to keep in all the fixings. The meat was so flavorful!

This was by far some of the best fast food that you can find in Denver, and I love how it has a bit of cultural flare. It’s not often that I find a dedicated gluten free establishment with non-American cuisine. 🙂

How do I find Quiero Arepas?

Quiero Arepas (Dedicated GF Food Truck)Quiero Arepas is fairly easy to find (for a food truck) in Denver. While they don’t serve food every day, you can find their schedule on their website. Some common locations include the Anschutz Campus, Platt Park Brewing Co., and Fermaentra.

Additionally, Quiero Arepas is fairly active on all their forms of social media. In particular, they are great about posting closing time updates on Twitter.

Update (2017): Quiero Arepas has moved to a storefront in Denver now. 

My Wrap Up

I loved the food at Quiero Arepas. I only wish they were located closer to my hometown. It’s also very well priced (especially for gluten free food) with all sandwiches around 8 or 9 dollars. For those of you in the Denver area, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

What’s upcoming?!

This is my last weekend in Colorado before embarking on my next road trip. This one will be the longest yet, and filled with lots of gluten free food finds as always. Be sure to follow on TwitterInstagram, or Facebook for up to the minute updates!

How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease
Oklahoma Sky (From Gluten Free Road Trip #1, May 2014)

Lastly, to my Fiesta Friday friends, I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Happy Cooking, and have a wonderful weekend!

20 thoughts on “Quiero Arepas (A Dedicated GF Food Truck!)

    1. I know, they’re awesome! I’m moving away from Colorado at the end of the month, so I kind of want to learn how to make an arepa. It’s the best outside of a sandwich that I’ve had in a long time. Hope you have a fabulous weekend. 😀

  1. We have to go all the way to Toronto -250 km- if we want arepas so I have been forced to make my own and stock up on the flour. If ‘Quiero Arepas’ were parked anywhere in this vicinity I would be a regular for sure and not bother making them. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I had my first arepas last summer in Las Vegas. I thought they were very good, but my family thought they were so-so. The bread was on the bland side, but with the meat filling and sauce, it was flavorful. Plus the place we went to also sold yucca fries. Those are really good! 😃

    1. They have plantains here too! I loved my arepa, but I intentionally picked a blander flavor because my stomach wasn’t having the best day. However, they had a variety to pick from like the pork one I had to messier, juicy, more traditional fillings too. I LOVED the arepa itself, although I could understand how your family thought the bread was bland. I thought it was tasty and had great texture. (On the other hand, I haven’t had bread in years.) I definitely wished I lived closer to Quiero Arepas, so I could try a bunch of their fillings, and give you an even more accurate review.

      Where did you have your arepa in Vegas? Do you know if it was gluten free because I’m going there next week! Have an awesome weekend!

      1. It was a small Venezuelan restaurant off the strip. It’s near The Little White Wedding Chapel. That was how we found it. We were going to the chapel and on the way there saw the restaurant. I liked the arepas well enough to try to make them at home, until I found out they use corn flour specifically for arepas which I can’t find. I need a second arepa sandwich to try! If only I know where to get it around here.

      2. Thanks! And, awh, yes, someone else said they travelled 250 km to Toronto to buy the flour. I would definitely considering making them, but that will take a bit more research. 🙂

  3. AKSJHDKJFH AH I AM SO SO SO SO JEALOUS, IT LOOKS SO DELICIOUS, AND TASTY and can’t wait for your road trip chica 🙂

    1. It’s coming (right when I get through this midterm). AND, I’m going to try to be good about Twitter and Instagram updates along the way. And, at the end I get to see you!! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Kloe! I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to Oklahoma! I love going there to visit my cousin, and I’ll be back in May! I’m so glad you got to check it out too. 🙂

      P.S: My contribution to Fiesta Friday tomorrow is going to be all about traveling too!

  4. Best article ever! Thanks so much! Just posted your article on our Facebook page. Facebook.com/quieroarepas
    Also, we are friends with Felix. He is the owner of Viva Las Arepas in Vegas. Go see him & be sure to tell him we say “hello”. He’s just next to the Stratosphere. ❤️

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