Learn How to Cook Mexican Food

Hands-On Cooking Experience with a Chef

Dishes You Can Easily Prepare at Home

No Experience Required

Each year, more and more people travel to Mexico specifically for its food scene. At Eat Mexico, our mission has always been to celebrate Mexico’s food culture and what better way to do so than through learning by doing. In this hands-on cooking class, you’ll learn the basic techniques that Mexicans grow up mastering at home: How to make a basic green salsa, how to use fresh and dried chiles, how to handle corn masa and shape it with your hands, and how to cook nopales, among others. This is not just about teaching you recipes, it is about empowering you to feel confident about sharing the flavors of a world-honored culinary tradition, while having fun in a relaxed environment.

Highlights

Learn how to make a traditional Mexican meal from start to finish.

The menu can be easily adapted to vegetarians.

Includes written recipes for you to take home.

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Price

Adults (ages 14+): $83 USD


Availability & departure time

Tuesday through Friday at 6:00pm


Meeting point

Tonalá 196 – B, Roma Norte


Duration

3 hours


Group size

Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 people


Included

  • All the food you can eat (enough for a full dinner)
  • Agua fresca during the cooking class
  • All the ingredients for the cooking class

Not included

  • Transport to/from the meeting and end points of the tour
  • Tip for your teacher

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Participation requirements

This experience is open to adults and children 14 years and older.


Staff on tour

This class is hosted by Julieta, an experienced chef who has shared Mexican culture in different countries through her cooking. Read more about her and the rest of the team here.

Step inside a professional working kitchen in the heart of the Roma neighborhood. Chef Julieta owns a pastry business that currently supplies restaurants and coffee shops. In the same kitchen, she also teaches Mexican food classes to promote our cuisine and culture through an experience of flavors and ingredients.

Some of the dishes you will cook:

  • Sopes: a corn based snack eaten all over the country. Sopes are so popular that they can be easily found in restaurants, street food stands and family parties. Simple, yet delicious: round-shaped patties, made from nixtamalized corn dough (masa in Spanish), that are hand-shaped and topped with refried beans, salsa, onion and cilantro if desired.
  • Two home-style foolproof guisados: chicken tinga and papas con chorizo (potatoes with chorizo). Guisados are rich and versatile preparations that are often served in tacos, quesadillas, tostadas and in this case, your freshly-made sopes. Chicken tinga is seasoned with smoked chipotles, as mild or as spicy as you like. The chorizo that is mixed with the potatoes is a flavorful, mildly spiced sausage, great por breakfast, dinner and lunch. Both delicious guisados can be prepared in their vegetarian versions.
  • Chilaquiles rojos: crunchy tortilla chips dipped in red salsa topped with fresh thick crema. Learn how to make this Mexican staple from scratch at your desired level of spiciness.
  • Nopales (cactus) salad: a staple of the Mexican diet that is not only fresh and delicious but has amazing health benefits. Nopales aid with digestion and are rich in amino acids, fiber and vitamins.

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 chef Julieta. 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.
  • Mexico City sits at nearly 7,300 feet high. This means you’ll feel more tired than normal if you’re not used to the altitude. Don’t do this experience if you haven’t gotten any sleep the night before, or if you’re arriving at the airport that same morning.

3 hours.

Yes. The cooking class is held in a professional kitchen in the Roma Norte neighborhood. During the mornings Chef Julieta and her professional team of cooks produce pastries and bread that is sold in local coffee shops, during the evenings Julieta leads the cooking class.

Yes! Everything that you cook is for you. Eat as much as you want once the class is over and if you don’t finish everything you can take whatever is left in containers provided by us.

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, Roma Norte is a very friendly and safe neighborhood. It is very well appreciated by locals and foreigners for being a trendy area. That said, remember that Mexico City is an enormous place and you should be alert as in any other big city in the world: keep your phone and wallet in a zipper bag when walking on the street and don’t accept anything from strangers.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page!

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