Our family did an Eat Mexico tour in Mexico City last year. When we made plans to visit Puebla this time, we booked another tour. Because we have young children, we booked a private tour. Maria was an excellent guide. Her English is very good, she is extremely knowledgeable about the history and cuisine of Puebla, and she’s super nice.
Cooking Class in Puebla: Making a Traditional Three Course Meal
Hands-on cooking experience with an expert
Dishes you can replicate at home
No experience required
Travelers who decide to take a trip to Puebla are enchanted by the beauty of this city, its history, and above all, its food. Food from Puebla has particular traits that differentiate it from food from anywhere else in Mexico. Come and discover the essence of this cuisine in this hands-on cooking class guided and designed by Marcela, an expert in sustainable food from Puebla. The richness of Puebla’s gastronomy is based on its fresh and local ingredients, in addition to the particularities of its history. Puebla was one of the first cities founded as a result of the arrival of the Spanish conquest. Its gastronomy was derived from the use of local ingredients, plus the addition of new ingredients, trying to please the palate of the new settlers. This gave rise to a cuisine full of contrasting flavors: combining sweet, salty and spicy. Exquisitely elaborate dishes were created that to date are emblematic of the region.
Cook in a house in the historic center with an authentic local atmosphere.
The menu can be easily adapted to vegetarians.
Includes written recipes for you to take home.
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Adults (ages 14+): $94USD ($1,699MXN)
Availability & departure time
Daily at 11:00AM
Av. 4 Pte. 508, Centro histórico de Puebla, 72000 Puebla, Pue
Identify the house by its balconies with colored ribbons. Ring doorbell number 2
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people
This experience is open to adults and children 14 years and older.
- All the food you can eat (enough for a full lunch)
- Agua fresca during the cooking class
- All the ingredients for the cooking class
- Printed recipes
- A typical poblano sweet treat
- Transport to/from the meeting and end points of the tour
- Tip for your teacher
What to bring
- Comfortable shoes
- Culinary curiosity
Staff on tour
This class is taught by Marcela, an expert in food sustainability and anthropology of Mexican cuisine. She has been sharing Mexican culture for years through cooking classes with travelers from all over the world. Read more about her and the rest of the team here. Read more about her and the rest of the team here.
Marcela will give you a warm welcome in her kitchen, where she will greet you with an “agua fresca” and all the motivation to share her passion for cooking Puebla food. While the group cooks, she will explain in detail how the different dried chilies are used and how to combine them to obtain a balanced mix of flavors. It will be a hands-on experience in which you will cook a menu combining fresh ingredients while using traditional utensils such as clay pots and a “molcajete”. You will feel time fly through Marcela’s interesting conversation enriched with her culinary experiences in Puebla and your active participation in the cooking of this amazing, succulent meal.
The dishes you will cook:
- Nopalitos rellenos (Stuffed Cactus): Nopales are an emblematic ingredient of Mexican cuisine. They are very versatile as well as having many health benefits. Learn to prepare them in a delicious way.
- Tortilla soup: You will want to make this soup again at home when you discover how tasty it is. Accompany it with a variety of toppings such as fried chili, fresh cheese, cream and avocado. This is a classic of home-style cooking that cannot be missing in your kitchen.
- Encacahuatado. This preparation can be accompanied by chicken or potatoes. It is a sauce made of chilies and spices, full of complex flavors, worthy of a celebration.>
At the end of this experience you will enjoy all the food you prepared and the satisfaction of having cooked an entire Mexican meal with the friendly guidance of Marcela. Relax and enjoy the company of a person passionate about sharing everything related to Mexican food.
- As precautionary safety measures for the cooking class, we recommend wearing long pants and closed-toe shoes. Please avoid shorts, skirts, sandals and high heel shoes. If you have long hair, please bring something to tie your hair back. An apron will be provided for each participant to use during the class.
- The cooking class is held indoors, so this activity is not affected by the weather.
- Vegetarians can be accommodated in this experience. If you have any allergies to nuts or peanuts, please notify it in your reservation to plan a safe alternative for you.
3 to 4 hours.
Yes! Everything that you cook is for you. Eat as much as you want once the class is over.
Yes, if you want to tip your host. Other than that, all the ingredients and an apron will be provided at the beginning of the class.
Of course! Our staff are culinary experts and speak perfect English.
We usually require a two-person minimum on our activities. If you’re a solo traveler, you’re welcome to book the date of your choosing—if it has other guests, you’re good to go. If three days prior to the tour date, the tour does not have any other guests, we will reach out to you about choosing a different date or we will fully refund your ticket.
Yes, Puebla’s Historic Center is a place visited by locals and tourists. Remember to take the normal precautions when walking; for example, to take care of your belongings, place your camera, cell phone, and wallet inside a backpack or zippered bag.
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See what previous guests have to say
My husband and I did the street food tour offered by Eat Mexico, and it was amazing! Our guide, Mario, was fantastic. He was very friendly and personable, as well as knowledgeable about Mexican food and culture.
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