Marilau Ricaud's Salsa Class

Top Hands-On Cooking Classes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Taking a cooking class in San Miguel de Allende is not only a great way to learn a little about Mexican culture and cuisine, it’s also a lot of fun. You’re often introduced to new flavors and ingredients that you aren’t familiar with and shown new methods or techniques that you can’t wait to put into practice in your own kitchen. You can look forward to meeting some locals and other travelers, sharing a meal, and perhaps making some new friends. Best of all, you get to take the recipes and your new found knowledge back home with you. What could be a more perfect souvenir?

1) La Cocina Cooking School
Sabino 26, San Miguel de Allende 37750, Mexico
Phone: Toll free from the US/Canada: 1 (888) 407-3168
Within Mexico: (415) 154-4825 (8-10 am CST)
From San Miguel de Allende: 154-4825

La Cocina Cooking School
Photo Courtesy of La Cocina Cooking School and Kris Rudolph

La Cocina offers small hands-on classes in Mexican cuisine and is one of the most popular cooking schools in San Miguel de Allende. Classes may include traditional moles and adobos, as well as innovative salsas, healthy salads, and mezcal. Occasionally, guest chefs give classes in various aspects of Mexican cooking, such as Oaxacan Cuisine and The Glory of Agave. Classes are taught in English and are mostly hands-on. Full meals, wine and margaritas, as well as recipe packets, are included in the price.

The chef is Kris Rudolph, who has also owned and operated El Buen Café, a restaurant and catering business in San Miguel de Allende, since 1991. In addition to her cooking skills, Kris has authored three Mexican Food cookbooks and has a background in teaching, most notably at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.

Classes: Traditional Mexican, Market Tour & Salsa Cooking class, Naturally Healthy Mexican Cuisine, Modern Mexican Fusion, or Traditional Mexican Moles
Duration: 3 hours
Price: $80 per person
Notes: Classes are limited to 12 participants

2) Cooking Classes with Paco Cardenas
In the private home of Chef Paco Cardenas

Cooking Classes with Paco Cardenas
Photo Courtesy of Chef Paco Cardenas

Paco Cárdenas, trained chef and proprietor of the popular patisserie/café El Petit Four, offers market tours and cooking classes at his home. Petit Four and Chef Cardenas has been featured in Bon Appétit, OUT Magazine, Travel and Leisure, and Coast Magazine. Your culinary experience takes place in his lovely well-equipped outdoor kitchen where there’s plenty of room for 6 hands-on students.

Students prepare the dishes using ingredients gathered during their tour of the colorful Mercado Ignacio Ramirez El Nigromante and then sit down to feast on the delicious results. Full meals, wine, as well as recipe packets, are included in the price.

Classes: Market Tour Only (no class or meal), Market Tour with Antojitos and Salsas, or Hands on Mexican Cooking Classes (no market tour).
Duration: 90 minutes to 6 hours, depending on selected class
Price: $50 – $150 per person, depending on selected class
Notes: Classes are limited to 6-8 participants; payment should be made in cash 48 hours in advance; cancellation with 1 week notice – 100% refund, 3 days notice – 50% refund, Less than 3 days, no refund!

3) Marilau, Mexican Ancestry Cooking School
Calle de La Luz # 12, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Phone: From US/Canada: 011 +52 (415) 152-4376
Within Mexico: 01 (415) 152-4376
From San Miguel de Allende: 152-4376
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Marilau, Mexican Ancestry Cooking School
Photo Courtesy of Mexican Ancestry Cooking School and Marilau Ricaud

Marilau Ricaud has been teaching traditional Mexican cooking in San Miguel since 1989. She descends from a long line of excellent professional cooks and bakers and draws on authentic Mexican recipes passed down in her family for over 200 years. She emphasizes regional specialties of her home state of Guanajuato in her classes as well as the cuisines of Oaxaca, Puebla, and Michoacán.

Classes are taught in English in her well-equipped kitchen classroom with its antique Mexican molcajetes, metates, cazuelas and ollas. Hands-on group classes allow students to choose recipes from a long list of specialties, including moles, salsas, tamales, and cochinita pibil. If you’d prefer a private class, Marilau is happy to design an intensive one-on-one session or series of classes to suit your interests and palate. Full three course lunch and recipe packets are included in the price.

Classes: Large variety of group and custom design classes – see website for details
Duration: 2 to 3 hours depending on student´s skills and the selected menu; except Professional or special courses, which may take up to 2 weeks
Price: $99 per person for weekday hands-on classes; $130 per person Saturday classes.
Notes: Classes are designed for all age adults over 18; Minimum enrollment is 2 students for hands-on and 3 students for demonstrations classes; maximum of 5 students per hands-on class and 10 students per demo class; 50% deposit or a credit card to reserve; all classes must be fully paid in cash before the class starts; full refunds will apply only for cancellations made ten days prior to the class booked. No refunds will apply thereafter.

4) Patsy’s Place
Road to Delores Hidalgo, 20 minutes north of San Miguel de Allende
Phone: From US/Canada: 011 +52 (415) 185-2151
Within Mexico: 01 (415) 185-2151
From San Miguel de Allende: 185-2151

Patsy’s Place
Photo Courtesy of Patsy’s Place

Patsy DuBois came to San Miguel 40 years ago to earn her Masters of Fine Arts degree. She fell in love with the town and never left. Since then, she’s become a popular caterer and cooking teacher.

Visit Patsy’s bucolic ranch a few miles outside of town where she’s built a hacienda-style kitchen large enough to accommodate groups. There she offers one-day and three-day classes of traditional Mexican cooking, catering, special event planning, and a lunch every Sunday afternoon.

The hands-on introductory class provides students with the basics of Mexican cooking using fresh vegetables from her onsite garden and greenhouse. Snacks, full meals, drinks, and recipe packets are included in the price.

Classes: Hands-on introduction to traditional Mexican cooking
Duration: 3-1/2 hours
Price: $60 per person
Notes: Minimum enrollment is 4 students


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