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4 BEST Cooking Classes in Tulum [2024]

Wondering if there are any good cooking classes in Tulum? Let me tell you, you’ll find it hard to decide which of these amazing culinary experiences to try. Check them out! 

Tulum is one of the most visited towns in the Riviera Maya, mostly known for its majestic ruins by the sea, its cenotes, and white beaches.

And while you absolutely have to enjoy all these activities, in Tulum you can also learn the secrets behind Mexico’s most beloved dishes. 

When you join a cooking class in Tulum, you’ll be provided with all the elements and ingredients for the workshop. An experienced chef will share with you the tricks and tips needed to craft the Mexican specialties from scratch. 

In this post you’ll find a handpicked selection of the ultimate cooking classes in Tulum. Whether you’re crazy about spicy tacos, interested in learning a new recipe, or simply want to try your hand at salsa-making, these tours promise a memorable experience.

In my opinion, learning how to cook is one of the best things to do in Tulum, plus it’s a great plan for when it rains. So read on and pick your favorite!

👉 Why can you trust me? While I haven’t personally taken a cooking class in Tulum, I’ve done so in other Mexican destinations such as San Jose del Cabo. I’ve always immensely enjoyed the experience (even if I’m a terrible cook!)

I’ve spent over 6 months traveling all around Mexico, and each region has its own special ingredients and cooking styles. So I know what makes a cooking class not just fun but also rich in local culture. It’s more than just a meal; it’s a real taste of the place you’re in.

I generally use Viator and Get Your Guide to book tours around the world. I especially recommend them for their great cancellation policy, which allows you to cancel most activities up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund. 

Not enough time? These are the best options 👇

THE BEST TOURMexican Cooking from Scratch
PRIVATE TOUR Private Mayan Food Cooking Class
CHOCOLATE TOURChocolate and Honey Experience

OUR PICK: The BEST Tulum Cooking Class

Mexican Cooking from Scratch and Mezcal Tasting in a Local Home in Tulum is the best cooking class on the list. If you’re eager to learn tasty recipes for some of Mexico’s most popular dishes, I wouldn’t think twice about joining.

Your host will welcome you to her house and introduce you to the ingredients of Mayan and Aztec cuisine. After an interesting introduction to the region’s traditional dishes and the lesson’s menu, you’ll get ready to cook.  

Follow your host’s lead to prepare a 3-course meal from scratch, including salsas, soup, guacamole, and tortillas for tacos. You’ll also make cream cheese jelly for dessert.

Once everything’s done, enjoy your meal with the rest of the class. Cap off the experience by taking part in a mezcal tasting. 

👉 Why this cooking class? With over three hundred 5-star reviews, this class is super comprehensive, offering an in-depth introduction to Mexican cuisine. You’ll not only learn to craft authentic dishes – possibly with a modern twist! – but learn the history behind each of them.

A local will guide you through Mexico’s traditions and culinary secrets, ensuring that you have a genuine experience.

Read what the reviews say 👇

”Visiting Lily’s home and cooking in her kitchen was the highlight of my trip! Lily and her team were incredibly warm and kind. She was an absolute expert in authentic Mexican cooking and shared her grandmother’s recipes, as well as important history about the cuisines. The food we made was absolutely delicious. This was such a wholesome and lovely experience it made me emotional. If you are Tulum be sure to carve out an evening to spend at Lily’s, you will not regret it!”

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📝 This tour includes: Food and drinks, fresh ingredients, and the cooking class. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Private Cooking Classes in Tulum

Do you prefer an exclusive experience for you and your party? Then check out this Private Mayan Food Cooking Class and Cenote. This culinary experience begins with a visit to an authentic Mayan family. They will introduce you to traditional Mexican cuisine and teach you how to prepare it. 

You’ll make tortillas, learn how to marinate meat, and bury the food in the ground to be prepared. You’ll visit a cenote for a refreshing dip, and return later to enjoy a tasty lunch with the family.

📝 This private cooking class in Tulum includes: Private transfers, breakfast and lunch, bottled water, a cooking class, and a visit to the cenote. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

A Chocolate Class in Tulum

Chocolate lover? Create your very own sweets in this amazing Tulum: Chocolate and Honey Sanctuary Experience with Lunch.

Your host will explain the history of cacao and all you need to know about the raw bean. You’ll then proceed to roast, peel, and turn it into a delicious chocolate creation with your favorite flavors. 

The class includes a soap-making workshop using the Maya bees’ organic honey. To finish the day you’ll indulge in a gourmet lunch based on chocolate and honey, and swim in the fresh waters of a cenote.

It’s undoubtedly one of the most striking Tulum cooking classes you’ll come across!

📝 This tour includes: Lunch, entrance fee, cenote swimming, and both chocolate and honey experiences. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Mezcal & Tequila Tasting in Tulum

The Tequila and Mezcal Tasting in Tulum with Cheese Pairing allows you to discover the country’s signature drinks with an expert. Both tequila and mezcal originate from the agave plant, however, they are quite different.

You’ll learn what sets them apart as you taste them, and delve into the history of both spirits, their production process, and their origin in this wonderful experience. 

The tasting includes samples by artisanal and small-batch producers to ensure the quality of the drinks, and cheese pairings. 

📝 This tour includes: All tastings and cheeses, and a knowledgeable host. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Tulum Cooking Classes FAQs

What are the best cooking classes in Tulum? 

In our opinion, the best Mexican classes in Tulum are these: 
Mexican Cooking from Scratch and Mezcal Tasting in a Local Home in Tulum
Private Mayan Food Cooking Class and Cenote

Can I join a chocolate class in Tulum?

You can (and should!) join a chocolate class when in Tulum, as it’s a delicious and very fun experience. The Chocolate and Honey Sanctuary Experience with Lunch is the best option in town. 

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.