Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Cooking Experience with Market Tour and Tastings

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Puerto Vallarta Cooking Class Market Shopping Lesson and Tastings

From $132.49

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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 all from scratch.

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 Tamales.

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 Mixology (Margaritas)
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We are subject to the freshness of the produces in the market, therefore, all menus can be modified by the Chef without previous notification.
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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
  • 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 10 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.

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Michele
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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Seafood lovers delight
Patricia_C, Aug 2023
I loved the entire experience. We started off in this amazing market that has everything you can imagine. We started off getting fresh seafood, fruit , dried peppers and fresh vegetables. We drove with the Chef to place where we would prepare and enjoy lunch. Each of us was giving different parts of the meal to complete. I love to cook so it was thrilling to learn how to learn new recipes using herbs, spices and seafood I would not normally eat. The Chef and our group made ceviche with red snapper; jumbo shrimp in a delightful red peppery sauce, two types of salsa, and octopus tacos. We even learned how to make out own tortillas. The Chef and his team are kind, patient and amazing. You must experience this for yourself.
Fantastic Class
Matt_D, Aug 2023
We did this cooking experience last year and had such a great time that we booked it again this year. I would recommend this to everyone.
An Adventure worth Every Peso
Pam_D, Jul 2023
We arrived at the market and were greated by Chef Enrique who shared how our day would unfold. We then went to the fish market, tortilla factory, and farmer's market for the ingredients of three course meal. Chef then drove us in his air conditioned van to his and his wife's, Anní, beautiful home. There Anní and the suex chef, Dulce, greeted us. We were provided aprons (souvenirs) and were instructed to wash our hands and prepare for our cooking adventure. Chef shared so much about the culture and role of different ingredients both as we shopped and prepared our meal. We were active participants in preparing each course. This experience was the highlight of our week in Puerto Vallarta, especially for our teenaged grandchilren!! By the end of our 4 hours, we had made three new friends, and I know every time we return, we will be sure to create a meal with Chef Enrique, Anní, and Dulce.
Delicioso!
Andrea_W, May 2023
What a great (and delicious) experience! Enrique shows you around his local market, how he picks specific produce, and tells you about native fruits/veggies. The class itself was fun and the food came out great! Something I recommend everyone do when they travel, and especially this one when you go to Puerto Vallarta!
A perfect way to spend a day
Jennipher_W, May 2023
My friends are still raving about this! We learned so much on the market tour and we really enjoyed cooking with chef. It was a wonderful lunch!
Amazing
Amelia_W, May 2023
Chef was very knowledgeable and showed us how to make some great food. Him and his wife were welcoming with open arms and he went above and beyond in making sure my boyfriend was doing okay with his previously back surgery pain. Everything was delicious it was a great experience.
Fun Time
zebramom1000, Apr 2023
This was our 2nd time doing this and we all enjoyed it. Met at the market but our guide did all the shopping this time. Went to his house where we all took part in preparing the food. Our first course was a tostada followed by Birria in Adobo Sauce, Home Tortillas and Salsas. These were excellent. We also did a few octopus which was yummy. Enjoyed our Margaritas with our lunch and also had non-alcoholic drinks too.
Learning to cook Mexican with my Italian family
Theresa_T, Apr 2023
Flew down from Alaska and Met up with my cousins from California for this class. Fun and interactive! The food was excellent too! I love to cook and loved learning to cook Mexican food, which happens to be my favorite for this Italian gal, ha!
Five Star Fun for the Whole Family!
Marissa_B, Apr 2023
From the market/shopping experience to the ultra clean cooking class demonstration our family of varied ages enjoyed this excursion and we continue to talk about what fun it was. Thank you again for all the tips and education along with the opportunity to enjoy some dishes we most likely would not have enjoyed prior to this experience.
Great experience!
Laura_S, Mar 2023
Great experience. Learned about a variety of local ingredients and food preparation. Tasty meal, and great company. Was traveling with GF family, and our hosts were very accommodating of those allergies. The best part was that the cooking and eating space was immaculately clean, and we felt very safe in both eating and being a part of the meal prep. Delicious!!
Cooking adventure in Puerto Vallarta
Helen_C, Mar 2023
Loved the market ! Enrico was very knowledgeable., personable and a great chef! Thx ks for a great day in PV!
Highlight in PV
Sharon_S, Mar 2023
what an exceptional experience. my husband and i both agree that this cooking class was a highlight of iur week in PV. From the local market, in which he taught us a lot about produce and fish selections, to active participation in every step of meal prep. when we come back next November, we will definitely add family members to this class.
Great Experience!
Linda_F, Feb 2023
Great Experience! We were only a group of 4 which was nice. The Chef & his wife have a beautiful home and we’re very accommodating & did a great job of hosting. Would definitely recommend this tour!
Excellent, informative, comfortable, fun.
John_S, Feb 2023
Wonderful time with Chef Enrique, enjoyed the market, the Chef's commentary & wonderfully prepared meal. Top notch!
Very well organized and...
Nancy_V, Jan 2023
Very well organized and good teacher. Enjoyed the lesson and have remade the receipt successfully. Enjoyed this experience. Thank you
Fun afternoon cooking
Craig_S, Jan 2023
Enjoyed walking through market and learning about various ingredients and foods. Cooking class was hands on and the food was delicious.
Great Experience
Christine_L, Jan 2023
Excellent day of cooking! Great food in a small group! Chef Enrique provide a tour of the local market followed by an afternoon of learning to cook tamales and rellanos.
Extraordinary Day
James_N, Dec 2022
This was the best part of our two week stay in Puerto Vallarta. The trip through the market and cooking lesson was very fun and educational.
What a fun and delicious cooking experience
Beth_H, Dec 2022
What a fun and informative tour with just 8 of us to shop with Chef Enrique for the seafood and produce in an authentic Mexican market then prepare ceviche, guacamole, octopus, shrimp, 2 salsas and homemade tortillas in their beautiful home. It was a friendly, well organized experience I highly recommend. Thanks so much!
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.
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