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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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Prepare an authentic Mexican meal from start to finish during this half-day cooking class in Cabo San Lucas. Choose from menus that change each day of the week, shop for fresh ingredients at a local market, then cook alongside a local chef as you learn the techniques and recipes of Mexican cuisine. This cooking class includes a hearty lunch, and it’s limited to 14 people for personalized attention from the chef.
  • Half-day, small-group cooking class
  • Prepare a Mexican lunch with fresh ingredients
  • Shop at a spice market
  • Cook alongside a local chef
  • Make fresh tortillas
  • Lunch included
  • Perfect for all ages and skill levels
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Home made corn Tortillas
Daily, in all classes of the week you will learn how to make your own tortillas at home
Salsas and Guacamole
Everyday, all our classes will tech you how to make different types of guacamoles and salsa
Margaritas (Cookin' Cabo style)
Our own winner recipe for Margaritas, Salud !!
On Monday this is our main dish, all made from scratch with more than 25 different ingredients to cook the king of the Mexican sauces
On Tuesday you will learn to prepare the dough, the leaves to wrap, and the stew within the tamales, just like Chef's grandma.
Beef Birria in red adobo sauce
On Wednesday you will enjoy the best and more tender beef tacos, you will learn top prepare the sauce to season (adobo) and the tortillas
Sea Food and Paella
Thursday is for Baja style sea food and Paella
Pork Tacos
Friday is for Al Pastor or Carnitas Tacos, Salsas and Tortillas
Antojitos Mexicanos
On Saturday we will cook Mexican munchies: Gorditas, Sopes, enchiladas, Quesadillas and more.
Professional chef
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Mercabo Gourmet Street Food , Ignacio Zaragoza, Centro, Ildefonso Green, 23470 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico

Please ask your taxi driver to drop you off at MERCABO GOURMET STREET FOOD RESTAURANT on Calle Ignacio Zaragoza 121, between Niños Heroes and Lazaro Cardenas (just in front of BANORTE Bank office in Cabo San Lucas Centro and a few steps of Estacionamiento Aramburo)

11:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to a central location in Cabo San Lucas, where you meet a guide for a visit to the local spice market and tortillería, and pick up some fresh corn dough for making tortillas by hand.

Continue to the chef’s home, then prepare a full lunch with a main dish, salsas, sides, and tortillas that you’ll eat hot from the grill. Learn about the culture and context of what you’re cooking, and get tips for reproducing the recipe in your home kitchen. When the meal is prepared, sit down to enjoy what you've cooked.

Menu of the day:
• Monday: Poblano-style mole sauce
• Tuesday: Tamales with chicken, pork, or beef)
• Wednesday: Beef birria in adobo sauce
• Thursday: Baja-style seafood and paella
• Friday: Pork two ways: carnitas and pastor
• Saturday: Tacos with an assortment of Mexican stews
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is 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
  • Please let us know if you have Allergies, Food Restrictions or Mobility issues.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cookin' Vallarta
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cabo San Lucas Mexican Cooking Experience with Market Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Cabo San Lucas Mexican Cooking Experience with Market Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Cabo San Lucas Mexican Cooking Experience with Market Tour?
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
See all safety measures taken by Cabo San Lucas Mexican Cooking Experience with Market Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Cabo San Lucas Mexican Cooking Experience with Market Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Cabo San Lucas Mexican Cooking Experience with Market Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cabo San Lucas Mexican Cooking Experience with Market Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cabo San Lucas Mexican Cooking Experience with Market Tour.

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  • "Okay when I go on vacation - no cooking is involved !" See review
  • "I highly recommend this excursion to anyone looking to spend 3 or 4 hours out of the heat to spend with locals." See review
  • "If staying in Cabo I highly recommend this cooking class and meeting new friends!!" See review


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A must do - exceptional authentic experience.
, Jun 2022
This was the best tour we did in Cabo. The chef Issi is a great guide, host, teacher and chef. We enjoyed shopping locally to get all our ingredients and then going to the Chef’s home to cook and drink fresh margaritas. It was a perfect day in every way. The food was incredible too. We will definitely do it again.
Fabulously Fresh Food!
, Jun 2022
Carolina was a great hostess and chef with her momma! Very organized, food was fresh and fabulous. Was very accommodating with dietary needs, we all appreciated the flexibility. The margaritas, salsa and seafood preparation were my favorites!! Thank you
Cooking in Cabo
, Jun 2022
What a wonderful experience with the cooking class taking place in a home setting! Food, company, hosts, and market experiences were over-the top! We were supposed to receive recipes though - those never came through; that was the only shortcoming of our entire day.
Wonderful experience.
, May 2022
This was such a cool experience that even my 16 yr. old enjoyed it. Issi took us shopping for ingredients and then to his house to cook the meal. Learned new techniques for cooking and chopping!!
Learning. to make tamales
, May 2022
The cooking class with Caro was amazing! We learned to make tamales, salsas and rajas and we made margaritas from scratch! The group we had was super fun too!!! This cooking class is wonderful because we get the full experience of going to the markets to buy the ingredients and we get to cook at the chef’s house!
Fun cooking experience with the locals
, Apr 2022
This was a great day with Issi. Great day learning some history of Cabo along with making authentic Mexican dishes. Loved that we went to local markets to purchase ingrdients and then back to his house to cook. Great family and lots of fun. Ended the afternoon with a tequila and churrio tasting at his family's restraunt. Would definitely recommend this experience to anyone who likes food!
Great experience
, Mar 2022
The experience was awesome. So much fun meeting and cooking with our group. The family, especially Mama, are very accommodating and fun to hang out with.
Would do it again
, Mar 2022
We enjoyed every part of the 4 hrs. Issa’s welcoming personality and knowledgeable cooking techniques left us with skills to take home. Can’t wait to try the recipes out .
A culinary experience!!!
, Mar 2022
From going to different vendors for our ingredients to sitting around the mesa in Chef Issi’s casa, everything was memorable! We loved the warmth of Issi’s family, his culinary expertise and his wealth of information and history. And we made the best margaritas, guacamole, salsa de gallo, and chicken mole!!!! Thank you Chef Issi!
Great Cabo experience
, Mar 2022
This is a fun experience and is the second time we have done it. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Cabo.
Best part of Cabo trip
, Feb 2022
Loved going to the local markets to buy food then learn how to cook it! The entire experience was amazing.
I’ll definitely be back!
, Feb 2022
I loved this cooking class from start to finish. I really want to return to Cabo for another cooking class and to have dinner at the restaurant. Issi was fantastic. He was fun, calm, engaging, informative and just a great instructor/chef. I would take a semester cooking class from him if he was a college instructor. I loved how we went to authetic markets and met everyday people doing their everyday jobs. The food was amazing and I can’t wait to try all the recipes at home. Issi’s ancillary help (his family!) were super helpful and also helped make this a great experience.
Hands-on family business--highly recommend!
, Feb 2022
Would highly recommend this! Family business. Small Group of 9 for our paella-cooking day. Very hands-on experience and gives you the recipes to make the dishes again at home. Loved meeting the other people in our group. Left full and happy!
Great cooking experiencr
, Feb 2022
The whole experience was outstanding. From the trip to the market and tortillas to the preparation of the paella and salsas. We had a great group and Carolyn and her mother gave us an awesome experience. Already looking forward to booking another class
You must book this class!!!
, Feb 2022
Chef Issy and his family are great!! Can’t wait to do this cooking class again next year! We shopped at the fish market and produce market, went to his home and cooked with his family, my friends and I felt so welcomed. The food was fantastic and enjoyed his family stories just as much!! Thanks Issy!!
Birria tacos cooking class in Cabo
, Feb 2022
The experience of going to the local markets and also being able to cook at the chef’s house was the highlight of the day!!! We had so much fun learning to make our own food!
Shop and cook like a Native!
, Feb 2022
OMG, I’m not sure there are enough word to describe this experience. If you are looking for a real life experience, this is where you come. Carolina and her family are so lovable and humble, can’t wait to come back to Cabo to visit them!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Glad we took the class! Excellent authentic recipes.
, Jan 2022
Every part was great but especially liked how Issi explained the ingredients and culture. He and his family welcomed the group into their home for the class. Also found the shopping experience interesting. The dishes we made tasted amazing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Cabo culinary immersion!
, Jan 2022
Issi… our very personable instructor took us on an immersive experience that wrapped up in his pro kitchen… a totally satisfying experience for all!
Cooking class with friends and family
, Jan 2022
Our cooking hostess was fantastic… and the food we cooked was absolutely delicious. One of my favorite excursions of all!!❤️

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