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This arepa sandwich is popular enough to merit its own name - reina pepiada. Reina means queen, but the Spanish dictionary was not much help in translating the word pepiada. I searched the internet and found these translations for the name of this tasty chicken and avocado sandwich: "saucy queen," "peppered queen," and even "pimped out queen." If someone knows the origin of the name, I'd love to hear about it!

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January 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm
(1) bluesky says:

There is no exact translation because it is slang but i can explain to you what pepiada mean. You use that word when something is lets say fully loaded. So you can translate Reina Pepaiada, like queen fully loaded since the AREPA, traditional Venezuelan cornmeal is full with chicken,mix with mayonnaise and avocado. In regular basic Venezuelan will eat arepa with eggs or cheese in a fast way.

February 7, 2009 at 9:29 am
(2) Vanessa says:

“Reina Pepiada” means “Curvy Queen” and was named in honor of a Venezuelan beauty queen.
Read the full story here:
La Reina Pepiada: The Curvy Queen of Arepas

February 22, 2009 at 12:11 am
(3) southamericanfood says:

Thank you, Vanessa, for clearing that up. I really enjoyed reading the article about the original “reina pepiada”!
Thanks again,

April 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm
(4) Rafael Guirigay says:

ok.. i’ve never heard those stories before…
i am venezuelan and i always knew that the name pepiada came from the “pepas” (balls) wich the original recipe contented… the balls were not other things that petit-pois… and after becoming popular the use of this arepa (wich become the queen of them), then the use “pepiado” became synomim of something full of grace, flavour, spice, money, or whatever….
the original recipe , apart the arepa contents petit-pois, meshed chicken, avocado, maionaisse… some times egg…
hope it helps you…

September 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm
(5) Mary says:

I grew up in Venezuela and agree with Rafael’s definition of pepiada as why it’s used for this arepa; but the word has acquired other meanings over the years, as described earlier. I’ve heard it used in all those ways.

December 9, 2009 at 11:52 am
(6) Angeliky Santos says:

Pepiada can mean many stuff….pepiada could mean gorgeous, voluptuous or just hot. And that is exactly what it means to us Venezuelans, an arepa which is big, tasty and just inresistible :)

January 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(7) G says:

Also a Venezuelan…I can tell you that you are ALL right!
The Reina Pepiada was named after Susana Dujim (one of our most famous beauty Queens) and hence the name became a synonym of beautiful, fully loaded, delicious things…A girl can be a “pepiada” if she is looking great and a boy can be a “pepiado” if he is all done up…The word pepiada or pepiado can be used to describe ANYTHING…from food to clothing to houses to people….But…the story is true. The arepa was named after a person and not so after green dots (petite-poi) or after being fully loaded, though these are nice interpretations too.
The thing is, that anyone who is a native Venezuela will only accept as true what they grew up knowing as the true…Example: arepa andina vs arepa caraquena vs arepa llanera, etc…all arepas, all delicious, but only recognized as being the best by those who grew up eating them.
Los invito a visitar: “Cuando era chamo” The website is full of icons, pictures, stories, etc…we all grew up with…Enjoy!

January 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm
(8) chaQula says:

Wow I love all these comments. Very interesting. I love the Reina Pepiada arepa. It is obe of my favorites. I need to go to Venezuela and have one.

September 30, 2012 at 10:25 am
(9) Marie says:

Amigos soy Venezolana, tengo 31 años y la definición correcta de Reina pepeada, es por el triunfo de nuestra primera Reina de Belleza….Pepeada era que estaba bella…y fue en honr a Susana Dwin si no me equivoco….fue una estrategia de mercadeo de la epoca y hay fotos de ella comiendose su arepita….Disfruten de nuestro plato tradicional que no es un sandwich es una AREPA y es sin comparación….para nosotros comernos un pan es embasurarnos o comer chatarra, pero comernos una arepa es COMIDA de verdad……

September 30, 2012 at 10:37 am
(10) Marie says:

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