Native Mexican Cooking Class + Mezcal

Centro, MexicoPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Rachel

2.5 hours, Hosted in English and Spanish
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 9 people
Mexican cuisine
Host can accommodate dietary restrictions.
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

100% outdoor class! Noel - the chef of El Refugio Mezcaleria - teaches this class. You'll start off with a brief introduction to the Mexican kitchen before launching into the cooking. We'll make 2 salsas: a salsa verde - to be used as an enhancer for any dish you make, from fish to pork to veggie tacos - and a type of smooth guacamole salsa used in taquerias. Then you'll make a mole verde - another speciality from Guerrero, that can be served with chicken, pork, beef, or even vegetarian plates. We sometimes change the dish we teach, and are happy to accommodate requests as much as we are able. Please get in touch if there's something particular you want to learn.

Along the way you'll learn a lot of native Mexican philosophy as it applies to the kitchen (and life), as well as Mexican history and gastronomia.

This is a hands-on class and everyone will be participating. At the end you'll eat what you've made and enjoy a shot of artisanal mezcal or a beer.
Other things to note
Classes are in English and Spanish. If you have trouble understanding, simply ask for clarification. If you'd like to book a class on a day that isn't available on the calendar, send us a message.
100% outdoor class! Noel - the chef of El Refugio Mezcaleria - teaches this class. You'll start off with a brief introduction to the Mexican kitchen before launching into the cooking. We'll make 2 salsas: a salsa verde - to be used as an enhancer for any dish you make, from fish to pork to veggie tacos - and a type of smooth guacamole salsa used in taquerias. Then you'll make a mole verde - another speciality from Guerrero, that can be served wit…

What's included

  • Food
    Lunch: Mole Verde
    We can accomodate dietary restrictions as long as w...
  • Drinks
    water, beer, mezcal
    Non-alcoholic alternatives available
  • Equipment
    Knife, cutting board, etc

Meet your Host, Rachel

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 76 Reviews
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My husband, Noel, and I have been running a very successful restaurant since 2016, serving prehispanic and traditional Mexican cuisine and mezcal. Noel learned to cook from his mother in Guerrero and began cooking professionally in 2014. As a native Aztec dancer, storyteller, and cosmologist, he brings enormous authenticity (and a lot of humor!) to his classes. I manage the restaurant and write about food and culture. This class is as much about the Mexican culture behind the food you love as it is about cooking. As is the cookbook we published in July 2020 (Skyhorse Publishing, USA): The Native Mexican Kitchen!
My husband, Noel, and I have been running a very successful restaurant since 2016, serving prehispanic and traditional Mexican cuisine and mezcal. Noel learned to cook from his mother in Guerrero and began cooking professionally in 2014. As a native Aztec dancer, storyteller, and cosmologist, he brings enormous authenticity (and a lot of humor!) to his classes. I manage the restaurant and write about food and culture. This class is as much about the Mexican culture behind the food you love as it…
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Where you'll be

Cooking classes take place in our restaurant, which is a hidden garden in the center of town. 100% outside beneath a beautiful parrot tree.

Rated 4.86 out of 5 from 76 reviews.

Anna
January 2021
We appreciated our time with Noel and the cooking class was a nice introduction to native Mexican cuisine in a very casual, informal setting. Think interactive luncheon with cooking demonstrations and a bit of audience participation, where groups prepare dishes communally and get to enjoy what you prepare as you go. It’s a great cultural experience to pull you out of the tourist bubble and give you a small taste of the real Mexico.
Leigh
January 2021
Noel offered interesting dishes and lessons for a novice cook or someone unfamiliar with Mexican food. Though the dishes were interesting the 3 hour class ended after 2, not a great value and not a satisfying concluding "meal."
Sarah
November 2020
We took Noel's cooking class in a magical backyard, outdoor kitchen, where we were treated to his superb storytelling and the most amazing smells and tastes! Noel and Edna taught us to make tomatillo salsa, nopal salad, and a mole that ended up being our favorite meal in Los Cabos. This experience was unforgettable in all the best ways! Highly recommend!
Stephanie
March 2020
Great class with a wonderful instructor and lovely, fresh food. Loved learning about the process of making mole, and seeing all of the ingredients come together in the final dish. The instructor was very patient and happy to talk to us about his life and his restaurant.
Norma
February 2020
This was an amazing cooking and cultural experience, its 5-star. Probably the highlight of my trip. I am ready to explore! Thank you Noel. A real WOW experience.
Abigail
January 2020
All stars! Do you self a favor and do this. We will be connecting to over 2000 years of history and enjoying incredible humor of Noel along the way.

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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.
Tree nut allergy
Peanut allergy
Fish allergy
Pescatarian
Dairy-free
Egg-free
Shellfish allergy
Vegan
Soy-free
Vegetarian
Gluten-free

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 12 and up can attend, up to 9 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
Let the Host know of any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.