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Food Lover's Guide to Oaxaca

By Viator, July 2018

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Located in southern Mexico, the Oaxaca region boasts world-famous cuisine that’s based on staples such as corn, chile peppers, and chocolate. Influenced by its geography and indigenous cultures, its dishes and cooking styles offer a delicious way to learn about Mexican history and traditions. See below for some foods and experiences you’ll want to try.

Must-Try Dishes
Foodies and hungry visitors alike will appreciate the gastronomy of Oaxaca, along with its open-air markets and street food stalls. Popular local dishes include tlayudas, oversize crunchy tortillas topped with black beans, lettuce, meat (typically chicken, beef, or pork), and cheese; memelas, snack-size toasted cakes made of masa with black beans, salsa, shredded cabbage, guacamole, and cheese; and a variety of mole sauces, which are usually flavored with chiles. For those who like spice, Oaxaca is the hot spot—it produces a rare assortment of dried chiles found only in the region.

As for something sweet, chocolate holds a special significance for Oaxaca, having been used as a ceremonial beverage during pre-Hispanic times. Grab a mug of chocolate con leche (hot chocolate with milk) or try it in a savory dish with mole negro.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Learn how to make a variety of southern Mexican dishes during a hands-on cooking class, plus pick up tips for creating them at home.
  • Explore food stands serving chocolate, bread, and fresh meats just outside the city of Oaxaca in the town of Villa de Zaachila during a day trip that also includes visits to Cuilapam de Guerrero and San Antonio Arrazola.
  • Feast on a traditional Mexican dinner while enjoying the popular Guelaguetza folk singing and dancing show in Oaxaca.
  • Visit a corn field farmer and find out how tortillas are made from scratch during a tour through the indigenous villages in Tlacolula valley.

Tours & Tickets

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Mexican Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

This cooking class offers a delicious culinary and cultural experience that explore a variety of Southern Mexican cuisine. Join us on this 3.5-hour tour and ...  Read more

Location: Santa María Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.00
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Oaxaca Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $115.50
Authentic Oaxacan Food Cooking Class, Oaxaca, Cooking Classes
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Authentic Oaxacan Food Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Your cooking class will start at the market to shop for all the fresh ingredients you will use. Then, start your interactive cooking class in which you will ...  Read more

Location: Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.99
Guelaguetza Dinner Show in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Cooking Classes
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Guelaguetza Dinner Show in Oaxaca

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Feel the excitement of the Guelaguetza native folk singers and dancers as they bring local culture to life before your eyes. Learn about Zapotec and Mixtec ...  Read more

Location: Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Zaachila Market, Cuilapam and Arrazola Tour from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Dinner Theater
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Zaachila Market, Cuilapam and Arrazola Tour from Oaxaca

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

This tour will introduce you to the Zapotec culture and Spanish colonial history of Oaxaca as you visit several traditional towns outside the city. Meet your ...  Read more

Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.99
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8-Course Dinner Experience in Huatulco

Join us for a culinary adventure! This 8-course dinner includes locally sourced products deliciously presented. This is a fun, informative and delicious ...  Read more

Location: Santa María Huatulco, Oaxaca
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.00
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Gastronomic Experience in Oaxaca

Your day will start with a visit to the Organic Market, walk through the aisles while we provide fascinating overview of the region´s culinary ...  Read more

Location: Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00
Full Day Tortilla Food of the Soul Tour, Oaxaca, Food Tours
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Full Day Tortilla Food of the Soul Tour

This tour runs on Mondays and Fridays . A fascinating cuisine tour that takes you off-the-beaten path through indigenous villages in search of the roots of ...  Read more

Location: Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Timeless Cuisine Day Tour, Oaxaca, Food Tours
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Timeless Cuisine Day Tour

This tour runs Tuesdays and Thursdays .   A combination of cultural delights and village kitchens flavors. During this 8-hour guided tour ...  Read more

Location: Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

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