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  • Danielle Belyeu


Nothing embeds you in a local culture quite like a local cooking class, and of the locales with scrumptious cuisine, Mexico is pretty high up on the list. We have curated a few cooking classes across the country that demonstrate Mexico’s culinary diversity (and deliciousness).

Cochinita pibil Picture of roasted marinated pork
Cochinita pibil (roasted marinated pork) makes for a savory meal.


Guadalajara is the birthplace of many Mexican icons: mariachi music, tequila, charrería (rodeo) and birria (a meat stew). Learn about its classics with Casa Jacaranda. Their menu depends on what’s in season — you could end up making street snacks like carnitas tacos or tackling heartier dishes like cochinita pibil (roasted marinated pork). Count on also trying artisanal tequila; the town of Tequila lies less than 40 miles away.

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Traditional Mexican mole sauce is a can't-miss delicacy when visiting Oaxaca.


Mole is far more than just a sauce — it’s a Mexican staple. Its preparation can be complex and recipes vary by region, by village, and by household. Some take five days to make and up to 30 ingredients. Oaxaca is renowned for its mole negro — a dark, earthy blend of charred chilies, nuts, herbs, spices and chocolate. Toast each over the open fire in the home of local teacher Doña Raquel.

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There is no taco more authentic than the choices you'll find in Mexico City.


Antojitos (“little cravings”) is the term for Mexico City’s famous street snacks — from tacos and tostadas to gorditas and quesadillas. But these iconic bites would be nothing without salsas, and a respectable taqueria will offer at least four. They may be raw, roasted or fried; burning with fresh chilies, or dried. Aura Cocina Mexicana offers classes focused on salsas. You’ll learn the fruity, fiery salsa de habanero, the smoky, oily salsa macha and more.

Picture of a person cooking Mexican food with a variety of different foods spread out on a table
Trying your hand at cooking Mexican food is wholly rewarding experience.


Cooking classes aren’t constrained to just these three cities in Mexico; culinary talent flourishes from shore to shore. Here are a few others to check out.

  • San Cristobal de las Casas: In this highland city near the Guatemala border, El Tzitz teaches Mestizo cooking: a cuisine inspired by both Indigenous and Spanish influences.

  • Puerto Vallarta: Rosie, of Rosie’s Vallarta Cooking, teaches regional specialties like birria, plus zarandeado-style grilled marinated fish.

  • San Miguel de Allende: At Marilau Mexican Ancestry, transform superfood nopal (prickly pear cactus pads) into a salad. Also rustle up guisado, a spicy tomato stew.

An ideal way to travel south of the border is with my expert guidance. Lining up engaging excursions and exciting daytrips like the ones above isn’t just a Google search — it’s a skillset.

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Is there a better time to visit a winery? What about that spit bucket I always see, should I use it? How about tasting etiquette for whiskey? How can I tell that this bottle is truly exclusive?  
These are just some of the questions many travelers have.  Let me share the 8 top tips for visiting wineries & distilleries.  You can listen to them on my podcast or download below.

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Danielle Belyeu


I absolutely love to travel.  My husband always says I'm in planning mode, so even when I'm on a trip, I'm planning for the next one. 


This has led to some amazing destinations for our gastro experiences.  Some of our favorites have been Melbourne Australia, Auckland New Zealand, Milan Italy, Columbo Sri Lanka, and Lisbon Portugal.  And of course, I'm already planning for the next one.


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