• Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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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 14 food lovers for easier access to the instructor

What You Can Expect

Puerto Vallarta Cooking Class: Market Shopping, Lesson and Tastings

At the market

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 Mexico. Relax during the return journey to the tour’s original departure point.


Customer Reviews

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Two weeks ago, my daughter and I spent two days cooking with Enrique, Tony, Ery, and their warm and knowledgeable staff in Puerto Vallarta. We spent some time each day going to the market to get ingredients for the day's meal, listening to Enrique's interesting stories about Mexican food, the markets, and the fish and meats, vegetables, tortilla dough, and Mexican cooking in general, and then helping to prepare and cook what we got at the markets. We enjoyed every minute of both days and really appreciated the warm hospitality and welcome all of us received.

Carin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a wonderful experience!!! Enrique was AMAZING!! He took us to the market and showed us around. He provided helpful information regarding the food, but also added in historical information and tidbits. He then took us back to his BEAUTIFUL home to do the cooking class. He got everyone involved in the preparation and the food was delicious!!! I am looking forward to taking another class next time we are in Puerto Vallarta!!!

Judith L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Enjoyed this activity a lot. Trip to a real MX market and then to cheifs home to cook. Very informative on different herbs etc they use in cooking. Small group so everyone participated.

Charlotte H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

What a fun and enjoyable day!

Elizabeth E O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was great!!! This is the second class we have taken with Enrique, and plan to go back next year.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was more than than i expected. Not only making delicious food, but lessons about Mexican food history and local ingredients and how to use them. Tour in the market was very good. Now I have good knowledge to start my own Mexican kitchen. Mr. Enrique and his staff are really top and enjoyable. Absolutely five stars.

Dennis G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This is a Must do on your list when visiting Puerto Vallarta. Actually, when we next visit Cabo or Play del Carmen their other locations, we will make sure we schedule a cooling class in. Our family, daughters included, really enjoyed learning about the food that represents the Mexican Culture. Enrique and Eri, along with Tony and the ladies, made the actual cooking of the meal a fun experience.

I highly encourage all Foodies to plan on attending a class, you won't regret it!

Linda V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

After a somewhat slow start at a local market, we went to Enrique's home and had a fabulous experience making several dishes that were just delicious. Enrique and his staff are really top notch. Highly recommended.

Christine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The best! Wonderful tour and fun cooking class. I left my souvenir apron that was given to me at the Chefs house. Who would believe the Chef delivered it to my hotel the next day! How great is that!!

Susan B Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

November 7/2017
Cookin Puerto Vallarta

A visit to an authentic local grocery, fish market and tortilla factory was followed by a masterful lesson in Mexican cuisine.

Chef Enrique was right on time to meet our group of nine and toured the local mercado for a lesson in Mexican history and the origin and use of traditional ingredients.

Enrique's kitchen was very clean and well-staffed. Knives and dishes, pans and equipment were top notch and new. Enrique followed good food-handling protocol and insisted the guests washed their hands before beginning the class. Enrique was spotless in his white uniform smock.

There was continuous guest participation in the food, sauce and tortilla preparations with ongoing teaching and dialogue. An unexpected tequila and mescal tasting with a history lesson of both was a fun treat!

The outcome of our day was a filling and nutritious meal and a fun, interesting and well-executed experience with a great chef and his staff.
Highly recommended!!

Susan Bolla and Sue Brown

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