Mayan Beach Garden / Mayan Del Playa Jardin

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Activities > Cooking classes NEW!
Mayan Beach Garden is quickly becoming famous for our Caribbean and traditional Yucatecan and Mexican home-style dishes. Now you can enjoy the beach and learn techniques for cooking Yucatecan Mexican food as well. Cooking at Mayan Beach Garden is an art. You'll get plenty of opportunities to participate in the creation of wonderful and easy to make dishes, and you will even get to eat what you make. Some classes are always held in the morning and some in the afternoon. We are open year-round and have a maximum group size of 6 but no minimum. We accept non-hotel reservations for classes.

Tortilla 101 2 - 2 1/2 hours

Making tortillas from "scratch" and expanding on the theme -- hands-on experience making different foods with maseca

  • Basic Tortillas -making a perfect tortilla - hands on. You will make your own masa, learn the correct texture and the way to test for doneness when cooking on a comal
  • Empanadas -- hands on
  • Sopes -- hands on
  • Huaraches -- hands on
  • Tortilla chips -- tricks to make perfect salt-free chips from tortillas
  • And other treats time permitting.

Fee $25 per person or $45 for a couple


Tortilla 201 (go wild with more great things made from Maseca) 2 - 2 1/2 hours

Now that you know how to make tortillas, take things to a new level (requires knowledge of Tortilla 101) -- all items are hands on.

  • Panuches
  • Salbutes
  • Enchiladas yucatecan style
  • Flautas
  • Tortilla-lime soup
  • Pico de gallo

Fee $30 per person or $55 for a couple

Tamales 2 - 2 1/2 hours

Yucatecan tamales are (in) a class in by themselves. IN this session You'll do everything from preparing the banana leaves to seasoning the meat, preparing the masa and the sauce that goes over them. We'll make three types -- meat, vegetarian and sweet corn. We will also show you how to make Tamales on corn and let you taste the difference.

Fee $30 per person or $55 for a couple

Cooking with fresh Coconut 2 1/2 - 3 hours

This is a favorite, creating one of Mayan Beach Garden's most famous dishes - Coconut Lime fish. We only give these recipes out when you take the class. You will learn to make them and learn about green coconuts vs. mature coconuts at the same time..

  • Making fresh coconut milk - hands on
  • Coco helado - demonstration of preparing green coconut for drinking NOT hands on, only tasting!
  • Coconut Bread (pan de coco) - hands on
  • Coconut lime sauce - can be used for fish or chicken
  • Seafood stew cooked in Green coconut shell - hands on

$35 per person

Yucatecan holiday meal 2 1/2 - 3 hours

Nothing's more fun that a celebration of food and just as Turkey is eaten at Thanksgiving in the United States, Mexicans have special foods at different times of the year.

  • Chil Mole (famous at Weddings, Day of the dead and other festivals)
  • Chile Nogades (traditional independence day food served at few restaurants in the Yucatan)
  • Yucatecan Chocolate Milk served with pan dulce
  • Jicama Salad
  • Mexican Rice

Fee per person $35

Making empanadas
Making empanadas

Empanadas - the finished product -


Grilled coconut and seafood stew
Seafood stew grilled in green coconut

Day of the Dead Bread
Lupe with Day of the Dead Bread

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updated 01-Feb-2020