- 5 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Ready to cook up (and eat) a feast of flavors? This 5-hour cooking class in the home of a master chef introduces you to the cuisine of culturally rich Puerto Vallarta. Shop for produce, visit a tortilla factory and discover interesting facts about Mexico’s culinary heritage. Learn how to cook family recipes like fish ceviche, taste tequila or mezcal, and enjoy your creations. You’ll walk away with a repertoire of new cooking skills in this small-group class, limited to twenty food lovers.
- All necessary equipment included
- Family friendly
- Free drinks included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Professional chef as your host (multilingual)
- Guided tour of the market
- Full Meal, Purified Water and Flavored water
- Tequila and Mezcal tasting
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Returns to original departure point
Monday through Friday
This 5-hour foodie experience is a window into the culinary culture of Puerto Vallarta and Mexico, providing a deeper understanding of the region's cuisine. Meet your guide at Galerias Vallarta Shopping Mall and then hop in a comfortable minivan. Make your first stop at a bustling outdoor market to buy fresh ingredients needed for the cooking class.
Next, visit a local tortilla factory to purchase the dough that you'll use to roll out fresh tortillas. Armed with fresh ingredients, head over to the master chef’s house to start your class. The main courses change daily (see
Itinerary below), but expect to learn how to make salsa de molcajete (made in a mortar with fresh or dried chiles) and dessert. Then try your hand at anything from chiles rellenos and tamales to tacos and fish ceviche. Perhaps cook mole poblano and learn about the more than 27 ingredients, in addition to chocolate, that compose this delicious sauce. Top it off with a tequila or mezcal tasting!
The best part of this class is that you get to eat what you cook. Sit down and enjoy of a well-earned feast and good conversation with the chef. Afterward, you're dropped off at the starting point with a full belly and new skills in how to cook Mexican cuisine.
Sample Menu (subject to change):
Monday: Mexican Swine & Dine (Al pastor, Queso Fundido con Chorizo Tacos)
Tuesday: Mole Poblano & Tamales & Hand made Chocolate from cocoa beans (our signature class)
Wednesday: Mexican Pacific Sea Food Recipes: Fish, Shrimp and Octopus
Thursday: Chile Relleno and Tortillas soups
Friday: Mole Poblano and Tamales & Hand Made Chocolate from Cocoa Beans (our signature class)
Daily: Home made Salsas, Guacamoles and Tortillas + 1 or 2 side dishes to serve a 3 courses meal
Gluten, dairy free and vegetarians and vegans are welcoming daily
- 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
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- Please Let us know about Food Allergies, Food restrictions or Mobility issues
- 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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Loved visiting the market and seeing all the incredibly fresh produce and fish. The cooking was fun, informative and the food was delicious. The owner/chef and his family were precious.
My friends and I signed up for the Cooking Vallarta class after reading previous reviews and we were all thrilled we attended. Enrique, his wife and team were extremely courdial and knowledgeable about the recipes and history of the food we cooked. The food was delicious and fun to make together as a group. They included every one of us and made us all feel important and involved. I love to cook and look forward to making some of the recipes he has sent to my email. If you and your friends or family are looking for an authentic cooking experience we highly recommend Cooking Vallarta.
This cooking class was a great experience! The tour of the market was fun and interesting. We learned so much and ate so much delicious food in the class. The food really was fantastic, and it set a higher bar for all Mexican food. The tequila and mezcal tasting was a fun part of the class as well!
Great class. The food was and tequila was absolutely amazing. The made every effort to make us feel at home. Our cruise ship arrived late at the port. There was a mix-up with the time conversion and we ended up missing the 2nd half of the tour. However, the chef came back and picked up me and my sister at the mall. We had an excellent time there home was beautiful and they were patent with some of the people in our groups who were impatient and bit intrusive during the tour. Overall, I would definitely do this again me and my sister loved this tour. It was worth it!
This was awesome. The host lead the class in his house after we went to the market to get educated on what to buy and how, which was lovely. The food was great, and he emailed us the recipies afterward.
Very warm, friendly and knowledgeable hosts. And the food is plentiful and amazing!
Thanks to Enrique and his lovely wife.
A wonderful experience of true flavor of Mexican food. The market is amazing ! To be able to go to the Chef's house, make many different courses, and then eat all we made, was a highlight of our time in Mexico!
It was an awesome experience! We had 20 people in our class which made it better because we were able to learn and make more food.
Its so fun to share experiences with people you dont know! We made tacos al pastor, chilies rellenos, guacamole, various salsas plus we were served tequila and mezcal! Enrique and his wife were very nice and we all enjoyed their company. As Enrique says mi casa es su casa
Amazing class. I still use the recipes I received from the class. First rate chef and teacher
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.
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!!!
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.
It was great!!! This is the second class we have taken with Enrique, and plan to go back next year.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Susan Bolla and Sue Brown