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Host: Margarita

Mexico City, Mexico

USD
$50-$109 per person

Traditional Mexican cooking in a beautiful home

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Margarita

Margarita was born in Mexico City and has lived there for her entire life. She first started cooking with her grandmother, who was a wonderful cook and taught Margarita to make traditional Mexican dishes in their kitchen. Passionate about food and cooking, Margarita took her first cooking classes at the age of 15. She continued taking cooking courses and went on to work as a food stylist for over 15 years, publishing her recipes and beautiful pictures in several magazines. Margarita continued in these various endeavors until she opened her own business 7 years ago, making cookies (over 60 different varieties!) for local businesses. Co-author of a Mexican cookbook, Margarita is passionate about cooking and particularly teaching and sharing her culinary knowledge with others. She says, “If you want to understand Mexico as a country, you have to taste its flavors. I want to share the richness of Mexico and its great culture of food with others.”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-5 guests) Meet Margarita at her home on a typical residential street of Mexico City’s Tlacopac San Ángel neighborhood. Start your experience in Margarita’s garden, weather permitting, where you will enjoy a welcome drink and appetizers and hear stories of Margarita’s life growing up in the city. Margarita’s husband Gonzalo, an economist, may join you for evening or weekend experiences if he is not working. After your welcome drink and snack, sit down at their family dining table and enjoy a traditional three-course Mexican meal. Your meal will begin with a traditional first course such as corn soup or Mexican tortilla soup, and will be followed with a Mexican main such as chiles rellenos, stuffed chili peppers, or chicken stuffed with cheese and served with salsa verde, all served with traditional Mexican rice. End your meal with a classic dessert such as chocolate mousse with vanilla crème, or crepes with Mexican dulce de leche, served alongside coffee or tea.

Cooking experience: (2-5 guests) Start your experience in Margarita’s lovely spacious home with some traditional Mexican appetizers such as sopes served with guacamole, and then begin your cooking class. Your cooking class will last about 2 hours during which you will learn to make 2-3 traditional Mexican dishes. Learn to make tortillas from scratch which you might turn into quesadillas served with huitlacoche or flor de calabaza (squash flower). Snack on your freshly-made tortillas and quesadillas as you make your next dish, a traditional soup such as creamy chorizo-bean soup or tortilla soup, along with a main dish such as chile rellenos or pork tenderloin in tamarind sauce. You will also learn to make Mexican rice, a classic side served with many main dishes in Mexico that involves toasting the rice and then cooking it together along with a variety of aromatic vegetables. Then sit down together to enjoy your meal at Margarita’s dining table or, in warm summer months, outdoors in Margarita’s garden. End your meal with a traditional rice pudding or a spicy chocolate mousse and coffee or tea.

Market visit: (2-4 guests) Meet Margarita at her home and then drive to her local covered market five minutes away. San Angel is a typical neighborhood market in Mexico where most locals will go to buy their groceries. Margarita will introduce you to some of the local fruits and vegetables that are used in Mexican cooking, show you fresh tortillas being made, and then you will purchase some of the ingredients you will use together in your cooking class while introducing you to her local market stall owners. Your market tour will last about one hour, after which you will drive home together to Margarita’s house to begin your cooking class.

Notes: Please note, Margarita is typically available for experiences Monday through Friday, however if you are only available on the weekends please let Margarita know and she may be able to accommodate you.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Sopes with beans and guacamole. Panela cheese with dried chiles
  • First course of traditional Mexican soup such as tortilla soup, creamy black bean soup or pumpkin flower soup
  • Main course of traditional Mexican main: chile rellenos, stuffed chicken breast with cheese and salsa verde, or pork tenderloin in tamarind sauce
  • Side of Mexican red or green rice
  • Dessert: Chocolate mousse with vanilla creme, traditional flan, rice pudding, or dulce de leche crepes

Traveler reviews

Our host, Margarita, was incredible. Her home is lovely; she is knowledgeable, organized, and had all 3 of us participating in many aspects of preparing our multi course meal. Started out in a local market with many stalls offering a variety of local fresh ingredients. There is not enough room to describe this amazing experience, I cannot recommend Margarita more highly.
- Lorraine November 15, 2019

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Margarita

$50-$109 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $58 $50
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $100 $93
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $109 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $58 $50
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $100 $93
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $109 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-4:00pm 7:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm 3:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Margarita

Margarita was born in Mexico City and has lived there for her entire life. She first started cooking with her grandmother, who was a wonderful cook and taught Margarita to make traditional Mexican dishes in their kitchen. Passionate about food and cooking, Margarita took her first cooking classes at the age of 15. She continued taking cooking courses and went on to work as a food stylist for over 15 years, publishing her recipes and beautiful pictures in several magazines. Margarita continued in these various endeavors until she opened her own business 7 years ago, making cookies (over 60 different varieties!) for local businesses. Co-author of a Mexican cookbook, Margarita is passionate about cooking and particularly teaching and sharing her culinary knowledge with others. She says, “If you want to understand Mexico as a country, you have to taste its flavors. I want to share the richness of Mexico and its great culture of food with others.”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-5 guests) Meet Margarita at her home on a typical residential street of Mexico City’s Tlacopac San Ángel neighborhood. Start your experience in Margarita’s garden, weather permitting, where you will enjoy a welcome drink and appetizers and hear stories of Margarita’s life growing up in the city. Margarita’s husband Gonzalo, an economist, may join you for evening or weekend experiences if he is not working. After your welcome drink and snack, sit down at their family dining table and enjoy a traditional three-course Mexican meal. Your meal will begin with a traditional first course such as corn soup or Mexican tortilla soup, and will be followed with a Mexican main such as chiles rellenos, stuffed chili peppers, or chicken stuffed with cheese and served with salsa verde, all served with traditional Mexican rice. End your meal with a classic dessert such as chocolate mousse with vanilla crème, or crepes with Mexican dulce de leche, served alongside coffee or tea.

Cooking experience: (2-5 guests) Start your experience in Margarita’s lovely spacious home with some traditional Mexican appetizers such as sopes served with guacamole, and then begin your cooking class. Your cooking class will last about 2 hours during which you will learn to make 2-3 traditional Mexican dishes. Learn to make tortillas from scratch which you might turn into quesadillas served with huitlacoche or flor de calabaza (squash flower). Snack on your freshly-made tortillas and quesadillas as you make your next dish, a traditional soup such as creamy chorizo-bean soup or tortilla soup, along with a main dish such as chile rellenos or pork tenderloin in tamarind sauce. You will also learn to make Mexican rice, a classic side served with many main dishes in Mexico that involves toasting the rice and then cooking it together along with a variety of aromatic vegetables. Then sit down together to enjoy your meal at Margarita’s dining table or, in warm summer months, outdoors in Margarita’s garden. End your meal with a traditional rice pudding or a spicy chocolate mousse and coffee or tea.

Market visit: (2-4 guests) Meet Margarita at her home and then drive to her local covered market five minutes away. San Angel is a typical neighborhood market in Mexico where most locals will go to buy their groceries. Margarita will introduce you to some of the local fruits and vegetables that are used in Mexican cooking, show you fresh tortillas being made, and then you will purchase some of the ingredients you will use together in your cooking class while introducing you to her local market stall owners. Your market tour will last about one hour, after which you will drive home together to Margarita’s house to begin your cooking class.

Notes: Please note, Margarita is typically available for experiences Monday through Friday, however if you are only available on the weekends please let Margarita know and she may be able to accommodate you.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Sopes with beans and guacamole. Panela cheese with dried chiles
  • First course of traditional Mexican soup such as tortilla soup, creamy black bean soup or pumpkin flower soup
  • Main course of traditional Mexican main: chile rellenos, stuffed chicken breast with cheese and salsa verde, or pork tenderloin in tamarind sauce
  • Side of Mexican red or green rice
  • Dessert: Chocolate mousse with vanilla creme, traditional flan, rice pudding, or dulce de leche crepes

Traveler reviews

Our host, Margarita, was incredible. Her home is lovely; she is knowledgeable, organized, and had all 3 of us participating in many aspects of preparing our multi course meal. Started out in a local market with many stalls offering a variety of local fresh ingredients. There is not enough room to describe this amazing experience, I cannot recommend Margarita more highly.
- Lorraine November 15, 2019

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $58 $50
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $100 $93
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $109 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $58 $50
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $100 $93
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $109 Not offered
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-4:00pm 7:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm 3:00pm-8:00pm
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