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Cooking Classes

Our half day classes

For classes of 1-9 Participants


If you’re vacationing in or around the city of Oaxaca, why not sample a bit of authentic Mexican life by taking a cooking class with us. The day starts off with everyone meeting at Alma de mi Tierra just before 10 am. After introductions and a brief overview of the day ahead, you will take a short walk to the local market where you will learn about the ingredients that will be used in the dishes to be made that day. You will also be given time to purchase items for yourself to bring home if you want to reproduce the menu. Upon returning, you will start your hands-on cooking class. The class lasts approximately 4-5 hours and usually includes several menu items that explore the complex flavors of Oaxacan cuisine. You will also snack on botanas (appetizers) as you sample a local mezcal. Classes end with participants enjoying the dishes they have made in a multi-course meal served by Nora and her assistants Mari Luz and Lucero. The table is set with plates either from Oaxaca or Puebla, hand-made glass-ware from Puebla and starched cloth napkins. The preparation and attention that goes into each of our classes, from studying the history of the ingredients to the presentation of the dessert, is what sets us apart.

Each class will focus on authentic or new recipes based on the cuisine typical of Oaxaca and features recipes from a selection of regional tamales, moles, soups, appetizers and salsas. 

Our classes are designed to teach authentic recipes of Oaxaca and Mexico using traditional ingredients. Please contact us if you have at least four in your group who would like a private vegetarian class. We have altered many of our recipes to accommodate vegetarians, and we would be pleased to share them with you. We offer either normal or vegetarian classes as well as classes taught in English or in Spanish, but not both languages at the same time. Maximum student count is 8 per class.


For larger group/family or private classes from 6 - 20 students please inquire here


Classes are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Classes are not offered on Sundays.


Reserve here!

Merced market
Returned from market with fresh produce
Guacamole stuffed tomatoes
Civiche salad
Ready for soup!



The price is $1,500 Pesos MX per person for classes of 4-6 students. Due to the modifications needed, the price for a vegetarian class is $1,600 Pesos MX per person. We need at least 4 to start a normal class priced at $1,500 Pesos MX per person. Please Contact us for a private class. For those spouses or other family members who wish to partake of the meal only the price is 475 Pesos MX per person.

Private classes are not offered during High Season.

Young adults who would desire to take part as an active participant in the class that are 15 years or over are welcome. The class will then be a private class  with close family members only. This will be a regular adult cooking class at $1,500 Pesos MX per person. Minimum for a closed family class is 5 person at $1,500 Pesos MX per person. For a smaller family cooking class please contact us. 

We take our classes seriously and in doing so requires sufficient time to correctly prep for your class especially if dietary restrictions are involved. Your class will be given in our private kitchen so dress appropriately; shoes and shirts are a must, and no pets and no smoking is allowed anywhere on property. Any alcoholic beverage brought in from the outside must be first approved when reserving.

Please let us know of any food allergies when reserving. Menu will not be changed on class day and we are not responsible for any food allergies not revealed. 

Our open classes are offered on Monday's, Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Saturday's.

Classes are taught in either English or Spanish, not both.

Full stomach happy heart

"Full Stomach, Happy Heart"

Freshly picked roasted corn
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