These are extremely popular South American snacks made from pan-fried dough. They are most known for their Colombian, Panamanian, and Venezuelan origin, where they are still extremely popular today.
Any stretchy cheese will work great in any cheese arepa recipe. The cheese should also be easy-melting like most stretch cheeses are.
Many people love serving hot chocolate or any warm chocolate drink with these breakfast cheese arepas.
You can substitute the arepa flour with masa harina or cornmeal. The amounts you use will be slightly less than what the recipe calls for.
The dough itself has quite a neutral flavor. You will definitely pick up some corn-like flavors and depending on which type of cheese you are using.