7 days
Available in English
All levels
Max. 6 people

What's included

  1. 6 nights of accommodation in Casa Carmelita
  2. All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner served with beer, wine or margarita)
  3. Daily lessons and hands-on cooking sessions with Doña Estela
  4. Welcome cocktails on arrival
  5. Airport pickup
  6. Airport return via shuttle bus
  7. Daily maid service
  8. Live music night
  9. Printed recipes and a culinary memento
  10. Lifetime access to Doña Estela 'culinary hotline' by phone or email


Not included

  • Airfare
  • Excess baggage charges, visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE ● FREE CANCELLATION ● $100 DEPOSIT
Mexican home-cooking

The Mexican Home Cooking School has been teaching authentic Pueblan recipes for over 22 years. The school is owned and run by Doña Estela Salas Silva — a chef whose lineage to Mexico dates from the 1860’s when two of her great-great grandmothers came to work in the wealthy homes of Puebla.


The classes you will take are all about flavors — as ancient as the Aztecs and as sophisticated as French cuisine — and are designed for home cooks and food enthusiasts from beginner to advanced, in a relaxed environment where students can master techniques that are simple to learn.


Cooking lessons take 2 – 2 ½ hours each day. Every day, you will be preparing lunch and dinner, putting together a soup, two main dishes, sauces, and a dessert.

  • 09:00 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m. — Hands-on cooking class
  • 01:00 p.m. — Lunch
  • 02:00 p.m. — Siesta or time to explore Puebla and the surrounding areas
  • 07:00 p.m. — Traditional dinner featuring Pueblan cuisine


A typical day’s recipes may include:

  • Squash blossom soup
  • Almond Chicken or Duck
  • Pork, lamb or rabbit in Adobo sauce
  • Beef in Chile Pasilla sauce
  • 'Fiancées sighs' — a dessert with walnuts covered in syrup, lemon, and cinnamon
Casita room
King-size / twin bed(s)
Private bathroom
Fireplace
Basic toiletries
WiFi
Daily cleaning service

Each accommodation is spacious with private bath and a fireplace (for cool evenings).

Rooms are assigned based upon availability at the time of booking. No single supplement required.
King-size / twin bed(s)
Private bathroom
Fireplace
Basic toiletries
WiFi
Daily cleaning service

Each accommodation is spacious with private bath and a fireplace (for cool evenings).

Rooms are assigned based upon availability at the time of booking. No single supplement required.
King-size / twin bed(s)
Private bathroom
Fireplace
Basic toiletries
WiFi
Daily cleaning service

Each accommodation is spacious with private bath and a fireplace (for cool evenings).

Rooms are assigned based upon availability at the time of booking. No single supplement required.

All meals will be included during your stay, as well as your choice of beer, wine or margarita.

Breakfast optionsMollete, sincronizada, sweet pastry, fresh juice, coffee or tea
Lunch and dinner optionsCrema de flor de calabacitas, stuffed beef rolls in pipian sauce, Mexican potato pancakes with spinach, almond pork, duck, or chicken, beef with guajillo sauce baked in banana leaves, buñuelos
Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

The Mexican Home Cooking School is a short drive away from the city of Tlaxcala, located in a valley surrounded by three volcanoes — Popocatépetl, Ixtaccihuatl, and La Malinche — and a two-hour drive from Mexico City.


How to get there:

Please book your flights to arrive at Mexico City International Airport (MEX, officially Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez).

Airport transfers are included in the package, please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.
Estela Salas Silva
Tutor

Estela Salas Silva began a classical culinary apprenticeship at the age of seven under the watchful eye of her great-grandmother, grandmother, and the older women of her family. Doña Estela spent 20 years as head chef at her family’s restaurant in San Francisco (Mill Valley), returning to Mexico to open her school and teach the traditional cuisine of Puebla but also the distinct and unique dishes developed by her family as well as the history of Pueblan cuisine that has been passed down from generation to generation. Estela is assisted by her husband, Jon, who worked for many years in the catering business in San Francisco.

Are the cooking classes available to all levels?

Absolutely, no prior cooking experience is required. All levels of knowledge and ability are more than welcome.


How many people are to be expected in the cooking sessions?

No more than six people take part in each session. The spots do not need to get filled up for the experience to take place.


When is the cooking vacation available?

The cooking vacation takes place year round, please get in touch to check availability.


What language is used during the cooking classes and other activities?

The entire experience is available in English.


I am vegetarian / vegan. Can I still book this cooking vacation?

The experiences is designed around authentic Mexican food from the Puebla region. Most Poblano dishes contain meat and dairy products. For groups that share the same food preference, certain arrangements can be made. Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.


I have food allergies, is this experience right for me?

Please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements, dietary restrictions, and concerns. Guests who suffer from severe, life-threatening allergies are strongly encouraged to come prepared with all the necessary medication and be capable of self-administering it.


Are there any age restrictions?

This experience is available to guests aged 13 and above. However, please keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age to travel independently.


Is WiFi available?

Yes, WiFi is available but since the experience takes place in rural Mexico the service might not always be consistent.


Where should I land?

Please book your flights to arrive at Mexico City International Airport (MEX, officially Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez). The Mexico City Airport is a two-hour drive to the cooking school.


Are airport transfers included?

Yes. Airport transfers are included in the package, please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.


The location is at 7,000 feet / 2,100 meters, will I cope with the high altitude?

You might feel tired for the first couple of days. An afternoon siesta is a very pleasant response to this.


What are the check-in and check-out hours?

Check-in is at 03:00 p.m. and check-out is at noon.


What’s the weather like in the area?

The warm season lasts for two months, from March to June, with average daily highs above 75°F (24°C). The hottest day of the year is May 4, with an average high of 77°F (25°C) and low of 51°F (11°C). The cool season lasts for a about two months, from November to February, with an average daily high temperature below 70°F (21°C). The coldest month of the year is January, with an average low of 41°F (5°C) and high of 68°F (20°C).


What should I bring?

Please make sure you pack some light rain gear and appropriate footwear during the rainy season, sunscreen, insect repellent, pen and paper for classes, walking shoes for afternoon excursions.


How far in advance should I book?

Some of the dates do book up quickly. Please book as far in advance as possible to secure a spot on your selected date.

Steve, USA:

"Estela and Jon are truly amazing. Attention to detail and able to meet individual (and group) needs.The food is unlike any I have eaten - there was not a meal that didn't completely satisfy. The rooms are large and authentically detailed. Jon is still working on the property adding more living space."


Maureen, USA:

"The cooking experience was top notch and you will spend every morning in a mixture of hands-on learning and demonstration cooking. The groups are very small so everyone has a chance to participate and learn the history behind these wonderful and tasty Poblano dishes. The accommodations are clean, comfy and spacious at Casa Carmelita and you will be well cared for by the hosts Jon and Estela. Afternoons are action packed with trips to nearby Puebla (take the tour of the pottery factory) and Cholula (check out the local market in addition to the famous ruins). We also loved Tlaxcala which we visited during the start of Carnaval and the civic activities / parades in El Centro were very elaborate and a highlight of our trip. We felt safe the entire trip and I would highly recommend this school and B&B to get the 'flavor' of the real Mexico. A lovey country with lovely people."


Laurie, Canada:

"Our experience exceeded my expectations - the cooking was fun, interesting and most importantly delicious! We came away with a binder of great new recipes, not Tex-Mex but dishes inspired by the confluence of pre-Hispanic, Spanish, Moorish, French etc. cultures. Our afternoons were free to discover Puebla, Cholula and other historic and contemporary cultural experiences. At one site, other than a family of dogs, we were the only tourists exploring the pyramids and archeological site. Never a dull moment! Truly a unique area of Mexico and I am so glad my travel partner found this gem. The proprietors of the school look after all your needs; they ensure you are comfortable, look after your transport, make recommendations on where to go. Muchas gracias Jon, Estela and Margarita!"


Christin, Germany:

"If you love excellent food, stunning surroundings and caring hosts this is the place for you to go. Cooking classes that take place in the morning are on 'Poblano Cuisine' which has little to do with tacos and burritos we usually know as Mexican food, but instead comprises flavoury soups and rich moles. Normally, I'm not a big fan of soup, but the soups in the 'Poblano Cusine' I liked so much, that the day after I got home from the trip, I boilt a chicken carcass and made tortilla soup. Afternoons are free and give you, among other things, the opportunity to explore nearby pre-Columbian ruins, that are not only well maintained, but also fairly un-touristy. I would prefer these ruins any day over hyped, crowded touristy ones such as those in Yucatan. Hosts Jon and Estela not only organize the taxi service for you to go there, but also take the time to give you useful information about the places. The rooms are lovingly decorated and the spacious gardens are well taken care of. You got the feeling that hosts Estela and Jon really do love the place and what they are doing."