1. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the paprika, onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, thyme, salt, and black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have formed a thick sauce, about 20 minutes. Add the chicken sausage and ground chicken and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up any ground chicken clumps, for about 10 minutes, until the mixture is dry.
2. To serve, split the arepas in half, scoop out the doughy insides, and fill with filling. Top with chopped avocado and crumbled cojita cheese if desired and serve.
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