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Feast upon the explosive flavors of Mexican cuisine during a 5-hour cooking class in Puerto Vallarta.  Shop in a vibrant market for colorful produce; visit a traditional tortilla factory; and learn of regional culinary customs with a knowledgeable guide. Gain insight into customary cooking techniques with a local master chef, discovering recipes like fish ceviche, and taste tantalizing samples of tequila on this insightful and interactive culinary tour.


  • 5-hour cooking class in Puerto Vallarta
  • Shop for ingredients at a bustling outdoor market
  • Visit a tortilla factory to buy dough for tortilla making
  • Get a lesson in cooking Mexican specialties from a master chef
  • Learn about Mexican culinary culture and history
  • Taste tequila and eat everything that you cook!
  • Small-group class limited to eight food lovers for easier access to the instructor

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What You Can Expect

Puerto Vallarta Cooking Class: Market Shopping, Lesson and Tastings

Learn to cook delicious dishes with a professional chef

Greet your knowledgeable guide at the atmospheric Galerias Vallarta Shopping Mall and climb aboard a comfortable minivan to journey to a bustling outdoor market. Converse with vendors as you peruse stalls laden with exotic produce and unfamiliar fruits. 
Next, visit a local tortilla factory to purchase the dough needed for fresh tortillas. With bags bursting with fresh produce, journey to the house of the master chef to begin your culinary class. Depending on which day of the week it is, learn to make a delicious and distinct main course inspired by the gastronomic traditions of the region; regularly features dishes include salsa de molcajete (a smooth sauce of fresh and fiery chiles), tacos and fresh fish ceviche. If you cook mole poblano, learn about the 27-ingredient combination that composes this spectacular sauce. 
Conclude your cooking with tequila and mescal tasting session before sitting down to dine on the fruits of your labour. Converse with your companions and the chef as you enjoy the true taste of the Yucatan. Relax during the return journey to the tour’s original departure point.


Customer Reviews

Amy V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Enrique and his wife were wonderful. Such great, friendly people who are truly enjoying what they do. Enrique took us to the market to purchase our supplies for the shrimp ceviche, octopus salad and mahi mahi Veracruz we prepared. We learned much about Mexican cooking and culture along the way too! Definitely a highlight of our week in Puerto Vallarta. Would highly recommend!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was such a fun trip, the chef and his wife were so kind, and professional. Food was by far the best thing I ate the entire trip. Thank you again for an amazing time- 5 stars all the way

Holly T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Enjoyed this market tour/cooking class very much. Enrique was fantastic. Learned so much about Mexican cuisine. Perfect day!!

Tina P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Just returned from a week long trip to Puerto Vallarta, my daughter and I took this class and it was the highlight of our trip! Enrique took us to the markets to gather our ingredients and spent time explaining them to us, then we went back to his home to cook the meal with his wife and Nancy their assistant. Enrique, Maria, and Nancy were so warm and welcoming and it was a very charming touch to do this in their home. The class size with small 6 persons and allowed for a lot of hands on experience. I am a seasoned cook, but learned so many new techniques. We made tortilla soup, mole, dessert tamales, and homemade tortilla's along with guacamole and salsa. Everything was excellent and Enrique gave us recipe books with everything we made and lots more. If I find myself in Puerto Vallarta again I will certainly book this class again.

jocelyn c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had an AMAZING time! We will definitely be recommending Enrique to our friends and family!

Shayna A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Enrique and Maria are awesome! so welcoming. We loved every minute of this cooking class and know we will be making the mole for our friends and family soon.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Another fantastic tour. Henrique, our guide and chef, along with his wife and sister-in-law, made us feel very much at home. We had a great time shopping and making tamales. We would definitely do this again, selecting a different menu item to learn how to make.

Guy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Enrique and Eri are consummate hosts and I learned so much from the experience. So many chiles to choose from! Grapefruit seed solution disinfectant for the fish! Would do it again next time in PV, for sure.

Joyce D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Enrique taught us a ton about shopping and cooking chile rellanos, salsa, guacamole, and tortillas. He, his wife, and his sister-in-law made us feel like we were part of their family. We can't wait to go back to Puerto Vallarta and learn to cook more authentic food with them again!

Heather S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

If you want to restore your faith in humanity, you must do this. There were 7 random strangers in our group and we had Enrique as our chef. We started out at the market and learned about different things, spoke with locals. It was very hot, so dress accordingly. Then we made our way to his home and met his beautiful wife, sister in law and his niece. We had a great time, everyone participated in helping. At the end we all sat as family and ate. It was a wonderful time and felt like we walked away as friends.

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