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Authentic Jaliscan Cooking Class with a Local Helene in a Traditional Hacienda provided by Traveling Spoon

Authentic Jaliscan Cooking Class with a Local Helene in a Traditional Hacienda

Authentic Jaliscan Cooking Class with a Local Helene in a Traditional Hacienda
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About
Join your local host Helene at her spacious, open kitchen and learn to cook an authentic Jaliscan meal from handed down recipes perfected by Helene over the years. You and Helene will prepare three dishes from scratch and she will teach you some master cooking techniques. You will learn how to perfectly chop ingredients for the best tasting salsa, how to marinate your meats and how to fry a whole fish to perfection! Your meal may include dishes such as a seafood ceviche, a whole snapper (a typical Puerto Vallarta fish) fried in oil and garlic and served with a mango and cilantro salsa, carne asada from the barbecue served with tortillas and salsas, or birria, a flavorful goat or beef stew simmered in tomatoes, chilies and garlic served with tortillas and refried beans.  The cooking class will last about 1.5 hours before you sit down to enjoy the meal you helped prepare. What a great way to dive into authentic Mexican culture and cuisine!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
What to expect
  • Enjoy a private and authentic cooking class in a local Puerto Vallarta home with your host Helene. This is a perfect experience for anyone looking to connect with local culture over food. Your cooking class will take place in a local home kitchen where Helene will teach you 2-3 traditional Mexican dishes from family recipes. After cooking, you will enjoy your meal together. This is a unique opportunity to visit the home of a local and explore traditional Mexican culture and cuisine.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
What to expect
  • Enjoy a private and authentic cooking class in a local Puerto Vallarta home with your host Helene. This is a perfect experience for anyone looking to connect with local culture over food. Your cooking class will take place in a local home kitchen where Helene will teach you 2-3 traditional Mexican dishes from family recipes. After cooking, you will enjoy your meal together. This is a unique opportunity to visit the home of a local and explore traditional Mexican culture and cuisine.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7626P243
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private cooking class and homecooked meal with your host Helene
  • Local alcohol (1-2 glasses)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Calle Italia, C. Italia, Villa de Guadalupe, 48290 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico Please meet your host at their home in Puerto Vallarta. Exact address and contact details can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Menu may vary depending on the season
  • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Private, personalized experience
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private cooking class and homecooked meal with your host Helene
  • Local alcohol (1-2 glasses)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Calle Italia, C. Italia, Villa de Guadalupe, 48290 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico Please meet your host at their home in Puerto Vallarta. Exact address and contact details can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Menu may vary depending on the season
  • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Private, personalized experience
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Popular mentions

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Kathy
3 contributions
Wonderful culinary and cultural experience
Jan 2020
We had a wonderful Jaliscan cultural and culinary experience with Helene! The instructions for where to meet her were easy and clear, and she picked us up personally to take us back to her lovely home in a truly local neighborhood. Once we were issued our aprons, we helped Helene to prepare a feast we won’t soon forget. On the menu was a refreshing agua fria to start and delicious homemade tortilla chips and salsa that we assembled. This was followed by a fantastic ceviche over super fresh guacamole. We then learned some easy tips for how to make a silky-smooth cream of corn soup with excellent flavor. Then we helped to clean and stuff roasted poblano peppers for chilies rellenos. I’ve always been a little intimidated to try making them at home, but Helene and Lupe showed us that they are easy to put together. Finally, Helene offered some very tasty margheritas with a few special ingredients. We sat down at a beautiful outdoor dining table in Helene’s courtyard and enjoyed this amazing meal. After we were pleasantly stuffed, we were treated to a light mango cream dessert made with mangoes right from her own courtyard. Helene was also so easy to talk with and shared so many stories and information about her neighborhood and city – we felt like friends by the end of our meal. This is an excellent experience that gives you a small and authentic glimpse into Mexican culture and cuisine. We highly recommend it!
Written 5 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sue Z
Fillmore, California, United States12 contributions
A wonderful hostess, wonderful class, wonderful food
Jan 2020
Helene is an excellent instructor. My sister and I were looking forward to the class and it more than met our expectations.

We made a lunch with corn soup; ceviche, guacamole, chips and salsa; chile rellanos with rice and refried beans topped off by a mango mousse. All was delicious and I believe I can recreate the dishes at home. Oh, I almost forgot the margaritas!
Written 5 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Auceda
Danville, CA188 contributions
A must in Puerto Vallarta!
This was a last minute reservation before heading back to the states and I’m so happy I did it! Helene, Lupe and the whole experience was so wonderful. Helene was warm and welcoming and Lupe, her assistant was friendly, helpful and sweet. Helene showed us how to make fresh chips, salsa, corn soup, ceviche, stuffed peppers with rice and beans and mango mousse. The food was delicious and manageable to make and her home was clean inviting. Her home is in the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta and gives such an authentic feel. My kids are 12 and 15 and they had fun learning. Helene is an excellent host and highly recommend.
Written 3 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

gwier001
Tucson, AZ1 contribution
Wonderful afternoon cooking with Helene in Puerto Vallarta
Dec 2019
My wife and I spent a wonderful afternoon with Helene at her hacienda in Puerto Vallarta. We picked up quite a few cooking tips and the food was absolutely delicious. To start, Helene brought out the fresh tortillas she had bought locally and what a difference these made to the chips and simple salsa we made. Then it was on to making ceviche towers. Shrimp and chunks of fish were stacked on a base made of perfect local avocados, and it was all topped off with slices of home-grown mangoes. So fresh tasting! Corn soup was smooth, smooth, smooth, and tasty. And, needless to say, the Chile Relleno's, made with a good local cheese really hit the spot. For me, the highlight was a truly spectacular mango mousse for dessert. Then we lingered for a couple more hours, enjoying coffee, conversation and the pleasant hacienda. We recommend highly!
Written 28 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Traveling Spoon R
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are so glad you had a memorable Traveling Spoon experience and look forward to serving you again on your future travels!
Written 29 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Teris98765
1 contribution
Authentic Jaliscan Cooking Class in a Beautiful Hacienda
Nov 2019 • Friends
The five of us wanted to enjoy some authentic regional foods, and also wanted a “hands on” experience while in Puerto Vallarta—we got all that and more! Helene’s home was gorgeous, airy and cool, and the smells originating from her kitchen were unbelievable! She tailored our menu to accommodate the allergy of one of us, and then we all assisted after she described the processes. We enjoyed an amazing 4-course meal, complete with homemade margaritas and beer, homemade tortilla chips, and two kinds of dips. Amazing meal, with none of it being so difficult it couldn’t be replicated at home. If you’re looking for a real Jaliscan dining experience, this is it!! We had a great time...a 5 star experience for sure!
Written 13 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Virgil E Knedlik
2 contributions
What a wonderful day
Apr 2019 • Couples
What a great way to spend a day. My wife and I was picked up from our cruise ship and taken to Helens home to spend the next four hours cooking and eating beside the pool at her beautiful hacienda.

It was relaxing, enjoyable, and the food was great.
Written 29 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Evelyn O
Evelyn O
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The Best Class
Cooking tips were great. Manuel is very knowledgeable and made the class so worth it. His knowledge of the market.
samuelmO4121HO
samuelmO4121HO
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Loved the Authentic Local Style
We both enjoyed walking through the local market and learning how to make ceviche and authentic enchiladas. We can
664normafd
664normafd
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Shopping, Cooking, Learning, and Laughing with Chef Manuel
Chef Manuel provided a wonderful opportunity to learn about Mexican foods, cooking, and culture. He was an energeti
SHAALA2020
SHAALA2020
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Highly recommended
Excellent host. Educational and fun market time. Easy cooking instructions with delicious food. Totally enjoyed
TFReyes
TFReyes
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Excellent
The lesson on preparing ceviche and typical enchiladas. How to properly use various chilies. The personality of Ma
Chris S
Chris S
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Amazing experience
We had an amazing time. Manu is a super guy. He took us to the market and explained how to buy fresh fish and produ
O1985QRjenniferb
O1985QRjenniferb
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Amazing experience!
Well worth it! Manuel was fantastic, took time to teach and gave cooking tips that I will definitely use. We had ce
Travel200454
Travel200454
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Excellent Experience!
Manu welcomes us into his home for a lunch-time cooking class. He is quite friendly and spent some time to learn ab
Rushmonster
Rushmonster
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Wonderful experience with local chef
Our group of four throughouly enjoyed our day with Helene. She was a terrific host who made us feel comfortable in
Briantraveler
Briantraveler
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Excellent Cooking Class
Terrific recipe for ceviche and enchiladas. Highly recommend taking the class!! Manu is a terrific teacher and ver
Heidi Y
Heidi Y
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A delicious dive into Mexican cuisine and culture
Whether this is your first visit to Puerto Vallarta or your tenth, spending a few hours with Chef Manu will delight
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M3567AJmgg
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Wonderful afternoon learning a bit more about Mexican cooking
Met Manuel at his home, discussed food options then headed to local produce, fish & tortilla markets...all were jus
AlaskaKevinR
AlaskaKevinR
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Like hanging out with a long-time friend
Relaxed, informative, and easy. The first thing that set Manuel's class apart from similar classes is the menu is n
Stay796905
Stay796905
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We loved every minute and every bite
This gastro experience with Manu was one of the highlights of our trip to Puerto Vallarta. We enjoyed our visit to
ColoradoBuoy
ColoradoBuoy
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Helene was wonderful
Six of us on a family vacation did a cooking class with Helene, and thoroughly enjoyed it. She is so welcoming, an
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