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El Tzitz: Mexican Cooking Classes

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 20 reviews.San Cristóbal de las Casas, MexicoPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Irma

4.5 hours
Mexican
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll meet at El Tzitz at 10:30am. We'll take a short walk to the market, where we'll enjoy a tour of San Cristobal's largest outdoor market. We'll learn about the different varieties of beans and corn, local herbs, fruits, and vegetables, and perhaps even taste a few of the less known fruits. Then we'll head back to El Tzitz, where we will start cooking. Step by step, we'll learn how to prepare the meal and cook it together. Everyone participates and joins the fun! Finally, we'll enjoy the meal together.

What's included

  • Food
    At the end of the cooking class, we will enjoy the meal that we've prepared...
  • Drinks
    All menus include “agua fresca” and an appetizer, as well as local fruits a...
From £33
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Irma

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 20 Reviews
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Irma López is the main cook at El Tzitz. Born in Comitán, a town 2 hours from San Cristobal de las Casas, she has lived in San Cristóbal de las Casas and has worked in the house and in the kitchen of El Tzitz for more than 20 years. Irma has developed her culinary abilities and knows the Mexican cuisine and its specialties. You will be able to develop your Mexican cooking skills with Irma from preparing tortilla dough (nixtamal), tortillas and tamales to Chiapanecan moles and other specialties. All her traditional dishes are based on the fresh ingredients from the local market.
Irma López is the main cook at El Tzitz. Born in Comitán, a town 2 hours from San Cristobal de las Casas, she has lived in San Cristóbal de las Casas and has worked in the house and in the kitchen of El Tzitz for more than 20 years. Irma has developed her culinary abilities and knows the Mexican cuisine and its specialties. You will be able to develop your Mexican cooking skills with Irma from preparing tortilla dough (nixtamal), tortillas and tamales to Chiapanecan moles and other specialties.…
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Where you'll be

The cooking classes take place in a beautiful home in the oldest part of San Cristóbal de las Casas, close to downtown, close to the main market but an oasis of beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces overlooking the town.
You will also visit the market before we start cooking, learn about the different types of corns and beans, learn about herbs and vegetables from here, and taste new fruits.

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 20 reviews.

Iris
March 2020
Fue uma experiencia fantastico! Aprendimos mucho sobre la gastronomia mexicana, ingredientes locales y el proceso de preparo. Muchas gracias por todo, Irma :)
Michelle
February 2020
Irma's cooking classes was one of our favorite experiences in Chiapas. My husband, 2 kids (aged 10 and 5) and I participated. There was 1 other couple there as well. Irma took us to the market and we had an incredible time seeing fruits/vegetables/herbs/etc. that were new to us as well as techniques of butchery, etc. that you don't often see at home. Irma was super patient with my kids, allowing them to ask questions, take photos, and sample things when safe. The market was bustling and Irma knew exactly whose stalls to visit and which shopkeepers would be most interactive and open to chatting/photos. After an awesome time in the market, we went back to el Tzitz, which had a beautiful kitchen, to prepare our meal. We worked together to make 2 different moles (brown and green) and rice. She readily included our kids and again, was super patient with them. We had a great time prepping and cooking and then all sat together to eat what we'd prepared. YUM!! We loved this experience and could not recommend it highly enough. Thanks Irma!
Irma's cooking classes was one of our favorite experiences in Chiapas. My husband, 2 kids (aged 10 and 5) and I participated. There was 1 other couple there as well. Irma took us…
Paul
January 2020
Lovely setting and kitchen to cook in with beautiful gardens and views of the city. Tour of the market was interesting and Irma answered many questions about unfamiliar produce and customs.
John
November 2019
Had a great day doing 2 of my favourite things - exploring fresh food markets and cooking. I can’t wait to try and recreate Molé Verde back home. Muchos Gracias Irma. From Denise.
Chris
October 2019
The tour of the market was great and learning the intricacies of making mole was super fascinating. The cooking school is in a beautiful setting in a manicured garden with magnificent views of the city.
Vera
August 2019
The cooking class was amazing! Irma is really friendly en knows a lot about all the food and ingredients. She tells about it with passion and let us try al lot of things on the market. She is very welcoming towards her guests and the house and garden are breathtaking! We made food typical from San Cristobal, which was really nice to learn and tasted amazing! We are going to cook that at home for sure! We can highly recommend this cooking class with Irma, it was one of our highlights of our trip in Mexico! Thank you so much Irma!
The cooking class was amazing! Irma is really friendly en knows a lot about all the food and ingredients. She tells about it with passion and let us try al lot of things on the mar…

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 your needs to be accommodated.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 8 and up can attend.