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  • Location:Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Oaxaca Cooking Class

Discover the flavors of Oaxaca as expert chefs introduce you to Oaxacan cuisine and cooking techniques. During this 3.5-hour class, walk to the local market to buy fresh ingredients before preparing your meal — including tortillas, salsas, an appetizer, soup, mole, dessert. With special emphasis on creating dishes (and recipes) that you can easily recreate upon your return home, this cooking class is a must-do while in Oaxaca! Numbers are limited to 10 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group of fellow cooking enthusiasts.


  • 3.5-hour cooking class in Oaxaca
  • Tour the local market to pick out your ingredients
  • Learn to prepare a variety of classic dishes with a professional chef
  • Create mouthwatering specialties like salsa, mole and guacamole
  • Enjoy eating lunch with like-minded Mexican food lovers and take your recipes home with you!
  • Small-group class with a maximum of 10 people ensures a personalized experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Oaxaca Cooking Class

Oaxaca Cooking Class
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In the morning your local chef/guide will greet you at your hotel and drive you to Casa Crespo for your Oaxacan cooking class. This world-class restaurant and its cooking school, located in the historic district, have received notoriety in the New York Times and Bon Appétit, among other publications. Step foot inside the restored colonial home to begin your 3.5-hour lesson in Oaxacan gastronomy.

Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea as you get acquainted with your small group and discuss the dishes you’d like to prepare. Your chef will offer plenty of recommendations that reflect the regional cuisine before you set out on foot to the Sánchez Pascuas food market, about a 10-minute walk away. Here, sample local fruits and hear an explanation of local ingredients, including an amazing array of dried and fresh chiles available. Get a look at colorful produce and specialties like grasshopper before your guide purchases your ingredients (included).

Then head back to Casa Crespo and begin cooking your 4-course meal under the guidance of your instructors, including a sous-chef who explains each step during your hands-on class. Typical Oaxacan dishes you might try are salsa, tacos and rose petal ice cream. Learn to make a main course like mole negro Oaxaqueño (Oaxacan black mole) or caldo de piedra (spicy seafood soup) on the stove, roll up empanadas or grind guacamole with a mortar and pestle.

Afterward, sit down at a table with your small group and enjoy the lunch you’ve cooked together, accompanied by a beverage such as beer, mescal, water or a soft drink. Enjoy another cup of coffee or tea after lunch, completing your tour around 1:30 – 2pm with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews



5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Loved every second of it! From buying the ingredients fresh at the market to preparing and eating everything. Thanks Oscar for a great afternoon!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Great cooking class! Oaxaca is known throughout Mexico (and the world!) as a culinary destination and this class is a great introduction to Oaxaca's food. Oscar is an amazing chef and guide and helps where necessary. The cool part about this cooking class and what sets it apart from others is that the menu for the day is entirely up to the group. Oscar will give his recommendations, but if you want to make something specific, you can! And since Oscar is so talented, he'll know exactly what ingredients to buy and the best way to make it! Great fun and would do it again in a heartbeat.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

This was a very enjoyable. The Mercado shopping experience was fun and informative. The home was lovely and the kitchen space was unique and adequate. Herardo and his Mother were delightful instructors and we did learn cooking techniques that we will use at home. We did not prepare all the dishes we thought were included (no guacamole) but what we did make was quite good and we enjoyed it. A small group of 6 gave us each opportunities to participate and interact. The pick up and drop off at the hotel was much appreciated.

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