Cooking in the Campo: Tortillas and Salsa from Scratch

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This experience follows our Covid Protocol. Please make sure to go over our protocol and to only reserve an experience if you´re in complete agreement with the terms.

Come spend the day with us in the beautiful campo of San Agustín Yatareni as we learn to make tortillas and salsa completely from scratch. This process, called “nixtamalización”, is just one of the ancestral culinary treasures that we tend to replace with mechanized processes in the bustle of the restaurant scene around the world. But guess what? It´s not the same.

If you´ve tasted a tortilla made from corn ground via mortar and pestle, mixed by hand, patted with love and cooked to perfection on a comal, you know that the final product is nothing like the machine-made version.

Doña Juana, who has impressed all of our guests with her delectable tamales and memorable salsas, is teaming up with Tlayudona to offer this experience to learn the art behind Oaxaca´s gastronomic pillar: the tortilla.

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What to Expect

Step One: Read our Covid Protocol. If you agree with these terms and practices, write to us and request this experience, telling us how many people are in your small group and what your dates of availability are. Doña Juana does not work on Saturdays.

Step Two: Once we’ve found a date that works for our hosts and for your group, we will send you a Paypal request for a deposit for your experience. This deposit is non-refundable. In case of an emergency with our hosts, we will do our best to reschedule with you at a mutually-convenient time. If that is not possible, we will refund your deposit.

Step Three: We will meet you at 10 a.m.

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Experience Includes

  • Round trip transportation leaving from/returning to Tlayudona (210 C , M. Bravo Street, Inside the Plaza San Cristobal in the heart of Oaxaca’s Centro District).

  • An in-depth exploration of the tortilla-making process

  • Walk to the local mill to grind corn
  • The opportunity to grind corn by hand and using a hand-powered grinder
  • All ingredients to prepare a delicious tortilla and salsa brunch, which Doña Juana will complement with eggs on the comal and other treats.
  • Agua de sabor and typical snacks

  • All materials necessary to follow our Covid Protocol


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Logistics and Cost

Time Involvement – Approximately 4-5 hours

Transportation – Provided by Tlayudona to Yatareni

Costs and Minimums – 1350 MXN

Discount: 3 or more people 1,250 MXN 

Minimum: 2 people

This experience takes place in the countryside and Doña Juana and her family are opening their home to us. There are children and animals on-site, so guests who are not fond of one or the other are encouraged to reserve an alternate experience. Bathroom facilities are available, though rustic. This experience takes us to the heart of authentic country life in Oaxaca.

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