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Cooking Costa Rica Homemade Food

Huacas, Costa RicaPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Lady

4 hours
South American
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

You will learn how to cook Costa Rica traditional food:
- Empanadas
- Arroz con Pollo (perfumed rice with chicken)
- Gallo Pinto (traditional rice and beans)
- Tortillas con Queso (handmade tortillas with local cheese)
- Picadillo de Papa (potatoes in chunks with ground beef)
- Fried Yuca

One of the highlights that guests love the most is that you will keep plenty of yummy leftovers, so your experience remains for the following day. I recommend you booking days before departing CR.

These recipes have been transmitted generation after generation. I learned them from my mother and they will be handed to you. I will explain to you on what occasions we normally cook them, what are the secrets for the best taste and stories behind these dishes.

Making tortillas and empanadas are perfect activities for children, they love playing with corn dough, I do that with my little grandson Samuel when he visits me. Meanwhile, teens and adults learn more elaborated recipes.

The cooking class starts at 9 am or 3 pm at my house in Huacas, it lasts max 4 hours (varies depending on the number of guests and their skills in the kitchen). You will sit at the table to enjoy your meal, have quality bonding time and learn about our culture.

Please let me know if there are any dietary restrictions. Costa Rican food is varied so there are options for specific diets (gluten-free, vegetarians, vegans).
Other things to note
You have to come driving, or I can have a shuttle arranged. Public transportation is not very good.
You will learn how to cook Costa Rica traditional food:
- Empanadas
- Arroz con Pollo (perfumed rice with chicken)
- Gallo Pinto (traditional rice and beans)
- Tortillas con Queso (handmade tortillas with local cheese)
- Picadillo de Papa (potatoes in chunks with ground beef)
- Fried Yuca

One of the highlights that guests love the most is that you will keep plenty of yummy leftovers, so your experience rem…

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What's included

  • Food
From $54
/ person

Meet your host, Lady

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 35 Reviews
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Hi my name is Lady! I'm a local expert in Costa Rican food.

All my life I have been passionate about cooking so throughout the years I have mastered the recipes and techniques I learned from my mother and grandmother. My family has enjoyed (and tasted) my passion. They encouraged me to share it with others by offering a unique Costa Rican food experience.

So since 2016 I got my Food Manipulation License (required by the Costa Rica government for cooking services) and have shared with people from all over the world the authentic flavor of this country.

As a mom, nothing makes me happier than seeing my family enjoy a meal, and I have that same feeling when I meet other families and see their faces when they learn Costa Rican recipes and then have family bonding time in a private loving atmosphere during dinner.
Hi my name is Lady! I'm a local expert in Costa Rican food.

All my life I have been passionate about cooking so throughout the years I have mastered the recipes and techniques I learned from my mother and grandmother. My family has enjoyed (and tasted) my passion. They encouraged me to share it with others by offering a unique Costa Rican food experience.

So since 2016 I got my Food Manipulation License (required by the Costa Rica government for cooking services) and have…
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Where you'll be

You will come to my place which is located in Huacas, a town with mostly local inhabitants. It has parking for 2 cars. Located 15 minutes' drive from the popular beaches of Tamarindo or Flamingo.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 35 reviews.

Christine
March 2020
I would come back to Tamarindo to do another cooking lesson with Lady again. She was absolutely amazing. Her knowledge was tremendous, her kindness and desire to share her culture was apparent, and she made us so comfortable in her home. We all got to actively participate, but she was fantastic at knowing when to step in and provide guidance. I’ve already shared this experience with my Airbnb hosts, and my friends and family because I can’t say enough good things about it, and think everyone should pay her a visit!
I would come back to Tamarindo to do another cooking lesson with Lady again. She was absolutely amazing. Her knowledge was tremendous, her kindness and desire to share her culture…
Catherine
March 2020
What an awesome experience! Lady welcomed us into her home and had everything prepared for us. She made it seem so easy, and was so thoughtful. The food is down right the best I’ve had in Costa Rica. Very excited about the HEAPING leftovers she sent us home with. Left with full bellies and hearts
What an awesome experience! Lady welcomed us into her home and had everything prepared for us. She made it seem so easy, and was so thoughtful. The food is down right the best I’ve…
Mckenzie
March 2020
Lady is a perfect host and a wonderful teacher! While we were learning to cook traditional foods, she told us stories and taught us about the culture in Costa Rica and joked with us. Even though we were all people who didn’t know each other, we left as friends. I can’t say enough good things about this experience.
Lady is a perfect host and a wonderful teacher! While we were learning to cook traditional foods, she told us stories and taught us about the culture in Costa Rica and joked with u…
Bethany
March 2020
It was a great experience to spend time with Lady learning about Costa Rican cuisine. I enjoyed cooking together and the entire experience was well planned and satisfying. It was great to have so many leftovers- they carried us through for the next 2 days!
It was a great experience to spend time with Lady learning about Costa Rican cuisine. I enjoyed cooking together and the entire experience was well planned and satisfying. It was g…
Liz
March 2020
We had a wonderful time learning about Costa Rican food and making a very hearty meal! The food was delicious and Lady was very warm and engaging. We all went going with enough food for the next day. The only difficulty we had was finding the location as there are really no street or house numbers but I was able to text her and she came right out to direct us to get home.
We had a wonderful time learning about Costa Rican food and making a very hearty meal! The food was delicious and Lady was very warm and engaging. We all went going with enough foo…
Sam
March 2020
Lady provided an incredible experience for my wife and I. We left with SIX boxes of leftovers. The food was amazing and Lady was very accommodating with my dietary restrictions (Pescatarian). Would highly recommend for anyone who is looking for an authentic Costa Rican cooking experience
Lady provided an incredible experience for my wife and I. We left with SIX boxes of leftovers. The food was amazing and Lady was very accommodating with my dietary restrictions (Pe…

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    Dietary preferences

    If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
    Dairy-free
    Vegan
    Vegetarian
    Pescatarian
    Soy-free
    Gluten-free
    Egg-free
    Shellfish allergy
    Fish allergy
    Tree nut allergy
    Peanut allergy

    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 8 guests ages 6 and up can attend.