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Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings

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  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Feast upon the explosive flavors of Mexican cuisine during a 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.
  • Half-day 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 mezcal, and eat everything that you cook
  • Small-group class ensures easier access to the instructor

Sample Menu

Main

Taco Monday: Al Pastor or Pibil Pork tacos

Learn how to make the marinade and to cook the best of the Mexican Tacos with fresh home made tortillas and the most delicious salsas

Main

Tuesday: Mexican Mole and Tamales

Grind the cacao to make the chocolate paste to be combined with the chiles and all the spices that compose the Mole "the Mexican Finest Sauce"

Main

Wednesday of the catch of the day and Mexican style sea food

Learn to cook Mexican style sea food and fish: ceviches, fish filet, octopus tacos, shrimp aguachiles and more.

Main

Thursday of Chiles rellenos and Mexican Albóndigas

Extraordinary flavors from Grandma's recipes book

Main

Friday the Best from Jalisco: Birria in Adobo Sauce, Home Tortillas and Salsas

A true Mexican feast.

What's Included

  • Professional chef as your host (multilingual)
  • Guided tour of the market
  • Full Meal, Purified Water
  • Tequila and Mezcal tasting
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Montero Produce Market Palmar de Aramara Branch
    Océano Pacífico 151, Palmar de Aramara, 48314 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

    Please indicate to the driver to drop you off at the corner of "Frutería Montero" in "Mercado Palmar de Aramara" (this market is one block behind Sam's Club) Your guide will meet you at this point.

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Greet your knowledgeable guide 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 mezcal tasting session before sitting down to dine on the fruits of your labor. Converse with your companions and the chef as you enjoy the true taste of Mexico. Relax during the return journey to the tour’s original departure point.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age to drink alcohol is 21 years
  • We are subject to the freshness of the produces in the market, therefore, all menus can be modified by the Chef without previous notification.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Note: Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please Let us know about Food Allergies, Food restrictions or Mobility issues
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

about cancellations.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips


Check the menu to see if your favorites are on it for your scheduled day.
Maybe make smaller groups and let the people cook all of the meal make simpler meals!
If you and your friends or family are looking for an authentic cooking experience we highly recommend Cooking Vallarta.
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Great food, a Great Chef and a Great time.
jpreciado001, Dec 2022
Enrique was such a great chef and host. Thank you for providing such a great cooking class with lots of tips that i will use for ever. Not only did we cook delicious food, we had a fun great time.
Absolutely loved this...
Deborah_J, Nov 2022
Absolutely loved this class! Hands on and so informative, including the walk through the market to buy ingredients. Our small group of 7 was the perfect size, and Enrique did a fabulous job!
The best cooking experience by far!
Sherri_L, Nov 2022
My husband and I had the absolute best experience with Chef Enrique. We met him at the market, which was just a few blocks from the cruise pier, where we shopped for the freshest seafood and vegetables to make our lunch. We even learned the best way to tell if an avocado is ripe. Then we were taken by van to his lovely home and had a great learning experience making fresh ceviche, salsa, stingray Veracruz, margaritas, and even made our own tortillas. Enrique was generous and informative, just a great teacher and host. We highly recommend this excursion and will definitely do it again when we have the chance.
Great class, great teacher and great food
Tamika_M, Nov 2022
Great class. Enrique was a great teacher, very knowledgeable. I especially enjoyed the trip to the market and the tips on selecting the best fish and other produce. Lunch was wonderful. I'd definitely recommend this class to others.
Our class consisted of 6...
N_C, Aug 2022
Our class consisted of 6 people (3 couples). I wish each couple had a separate bowl/plate/cookware for food preparation. I watched the couple next to me hand massage the masa, itched her leg, hair, and shoulder then continued to prep the dough without washing hands. I couldn't enjoy the food the group prepared after that. The visit to the market was the highlight of the class.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
I am very sorry, I will pay more attention to that kind of details. Thank you for the remark. Chef Enrique
1 traveler found this review helpful
Loved touring the market...
Brian_L, Aug 2022
Loved touring the market and making a mole. Hands-on lesson was great. I would definitely try one of the other recipe days to learn something else, tamales maybe?
Absolutely the best chef in town
Teresa_W, Aug 2022
This was the absolute best tour! We will be going back from the market to his home we learned so much and enjoyed our day don’t hesitate just book it
Fantastic Foodie Experience
Jessica_H, Aug 2022
The class was great! Enrique was so friendly and the food was delicious. It was great to see the market and learn about the food culture here in Puerto Vallarta. 10/10 recommend to anyone traveling to the area.
Great time
Scott_D, Jul 2022
Enrique is obviously a talented chef. We loved learning to make Mole. So many people won't share their family recipes. He was very easy to learn from.
We had a great time, highly recommended!
Crystal_K, Jun 2022
I booked this trip to PV as a birthday gift to my mom. She picked out the cooking class and I am glad she did! We had a wonderful time with Chef Enrique’. He shared his vast knowledge with us from picking out produce and seafood to preparing it. It was also nice to get to participate in the preparation of the meal. I highly recommend this cooking class as it is so much more than just a cooking class.
Unique Up close and personal 5 star cuisine
Travis_B, Jun 2022
From the market to the ride home it was excellent. Great cooking tips and tricks , on hand experience with fresh local eats in the Chefs home. Do it worth every last cent!
Must do experience cultural experience
Rebecca_S, Jun 2022
Enjoyed the entire experience - shopping at the market, learning to make different salsas, guacamole, Chile rellenos. Enrique and his wife Eric were lovely hosts and teachers. Was my husband, 18 year old son (on spectrum, enjoys cooking), and I. These smaller, quieter, and more authentic cultural experiences are something we can enjoy as a family. Highly recommend this!
Learn, eat, drink and have a great time with Enrique and his wife in their home!
Jeff_S, Apr 2022
Hard to beat the value of this cooking experience. You start with a great tour of the market to gather fresh produce and seafood. The Enrique takes you back to his home and you dive into a great class, you learn lots, you enjoy the company of strangers over a few margaritas and great food. A great 5 hours! Well worth it!
Excellent Cooking Experience!
Barb, Apr 2022
We had an amazing time with Chef Enrique at Cookin' Vallarta. We met at a market place where Chef told us how to pick fresh produce, fish, meat and cheese. We went to the tortillas factory and saw how they are made and about Mexican culture. Then Chef took us to his beautiful home where his wife and friend welcomed us. We sat around the kitchen island where we learned and helped prepare a meal. It was so much fun and we got to eat everything we prepared. It was a perfect day!
Amazing foodie experience
Christopher_P, Mar 2022
This was an awesome experience. Tour of the Market. Enrique was amazing. The food was incredible. Learned how to make so much. One of the best tours I have been on in Mexico
Fun
John_H, Mar 2022
We had a wonderful time. From the market to our chef’s table. Beautiful home and fabulous time. Thank you again!!!
Great experience learning...
James_W, Mar 2022
Great experience learning about selecting ingredients and how to figure out whether food is fresh. Enjoyed learning how to cook pastor and shrimp tacos and homemade corn tortillas. Nice people
Yum
Cara_W, Feb 2022
Loved the incorporation of the history of the Mexican culture! Food was lovely as well as the drinks and we would highly recommend and look forward to visiting again next year!! Nick and Cara
The chef is interesting,...
Catherine_C, Feb 2022
The chef is interesting, informative and friendly. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone. The hints about what to look for in the marketplace were very useful. The small group allowed us to ask questions and interact with each other. A very nice way to see Mexican cooking styles.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great cooking class
Michele, Dec 2021
This was a great experience The market tour was very enlightening We have been to PV many times, but never visited this section. Guide was extremely knowledgeable. Cooking class was terrific. Chef Enrique was very friendly and talented. The soup, salsa and pork was delicious. Best margarita I had. I would do it again
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