Oaxaca, Mexico

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clock-o3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more


Learn how to create Oaxacan cuisine at a world-class restaurant in Oaxaca raved about in the ‘New York Times’ and ‘Bon Appétit.’ During this 3.5-hour cooking class led by an expert chef-instructor, your small group, limited to just 10 cooking enthusiasts, decides which dishes are on the menu. After picking up the necessary ingredients, all fresh, from a local market, prepare your dishes back in the kitchen. Whether it’s tortillas, salsas, soup, mole, or dessert, take home exciting recipes knowing you’ll be able to easily recreate the flavors of Oaxaca.
  • 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
Enjoy pickup from your hotel from your chef-instructor, who takes you to Casa Crespo, a restored colonial home in Oaxaca’s historic district, for your 3.5-hour cooking class. A world-class restaurant, Casa Crespo also boasts a cooking school, and both have received acclaim in Bon Appétit and the New York Times.
While many cooking classes have set dishes planned, this Oaxaca cooking lesson starts off differently. Over a cup of coffee or tea, your small group decides, with the help of your chef, which regional dishes you’d like to make that day. Typical Oaxacan fare you might try include 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.
Once the menu’s decided, set out on foot to the nearby Sánchez Pascuas food market. Your chef picks up the necessary ingredients (included), and shows you a variety of dried and fresh chiles and specialties like grasshopper. Sample local fruits before you leave.  
Back in Casa Crespo, start preparing your 4-course meal under the guidance of your instructors, including a sous-chef who explains each step during your hands-on class.
Afterward, settle down at a table 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 with drop-off at your hotel.


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, Aug 2017

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this well-organized, inspiring cooking class featuring several classic Oaxacan dishes. The experience began with a walking tour of the local mercado followed by excellent instruction in the preparation of the dishes including helpful tips and the recipes. We highly recommend this Casa Crespo Cooking School. The chef and owner was professional, patient, and encouraging as we learned everything from making homemade tortillas to mole negro. Highly recommended!

, Jun 2017

This tour was amazing!

, Jun 2016

Gerardo was great. We enjoyed the Central Market experience and the cooking class with his family was fun. Our food turned out delicious and my grandson appreciated his birthday gift.

, Nov 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.

, Dec 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!
, Dec 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.

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