The arepa is an important food item in Colombia. It is eaten at breakfast, but can also be eaten with lunch or dinner or as a snack. An arepa is made of corn flour, water and salt. It is then baked without using any oil. In other Latin American countries arepas are fried, but in Colombia they are not. The corn flour that can be used can be white or yellow. The yellow corn flour is made from the complete corn seed including the cover, for the white flour the cover of the corn is removed and only the white starch inside is used. You can also make arepas de choclo, these are made from roughly grinded fresh corn.
The arepas are usually eaten as it were a cracker, with the fillings or toppings on top of it. The topping can be anything from cheese to chicken, beef, vegetable mixes or sauces. You can also stuff the arepa with the filling if you feel like it. Because of the baking method the arepa splits easily into two parts, allowing you to stuff the filling inside.