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Food Lover's Guide to Oaxaca

Food Lover's Guide to Oaxaca

Located in southern Mexico, the Oaxaca region boasts world-famous cuisine that’s based on staples such as corn, chile peppers, and chocolate. Influenced by its geography and indigenous cultures, its dishes and cooking styles offer a delicious way to learn about Mexican history and traditions. See below for some foods and experiences you’ll want to try.

Must-Try Dishes

Foodies and hungry visitors alike will appreciate the gastronomy of Oaxaca, along with its open-air markets and street food stalls. Popular local dishes include tlayudas, oversize crunchy tortillas topped with black beans, lettuce, meat (typically chicken, beef, or pork), and cheese; memelas, snack-size toasted cakes made of masa with black beans, salsa, shredded cabbage, guacamole, and cheese; and a variety of mole sauces, which are usually flavored with chiles. For those who like spice, Oaxaca is the hot spot—it produces a rare assortment of dried chiles found only in the region.

As for something sweet, chocolate holds a special significance for Oaxaca, having been used as a ceremonial beverage during pre-Hispanic times. Grab a mug of chocolate con leche (hot chocolate with milk) or try it in a savory dish with mole negro.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Learn how to make a variety of southern Mexican dishes during a hands-on cooking class, plus pick up tips for creating them at home.

  • Explore food stands serving chocolate, bread, and fresh meats just outside the city of Oaxaca in the town of Villa de Zaachila during a day trip that also includes visits to Cuilapam de Guerrero and San Antonio Arrazola.

  • Feast on a traditional Mexican dinner while enjoying the popular Guelaguetza folk singing and dancing show in Oaxaca.

  • Visit a corn field farmer and find out how tortillas are made from scratch during a tour through the indigenous villages in Tlacolula valley.

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Oaxaca Cooking Class pick up 9:30am

Oaxaca Cooking Class pick up 9:30am

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Learn how to create Oaxacan cuisine at a world-class restaurant in Oaxaca raved about in the ‘New York Times’ and ‘Bon Appétit.’ During this 3.5-hour cooking class led by an expert chef-instructor, your small group, limited to just 10 cooking enthusiasts, decides which dishes are on the menu. After picking up the necessary ingredients, all fresh, from a local market, prepare your dishes back in the kitchen. Whether it’s tortillas, salsas, soup, mole, or dessert, take home exciting recipes knowing you’ll be able to easily recreate the flavors of Oaxaca.
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Authentic Oaxacan Food Cooking Class

Authentic Oaxacan Food Cooking Class

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Try your hand at preparing celebrated Oaxacan dishes with this cooking class. Tour a local market to learn about and purchase fresh ingredients. A professional cook will lead your interactive class, sharing information about pre-Columbian cuisine and culinary methods. Learn to make tortillas from scratch and prepare a traditional dish like red or black mole. Take your knowledge with you and cook Oaxacan delicacies for your friends back at home.
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  • 5 hours
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