I thought I knew a lot about tacos till I attended the Mexican Street Tacos Cooking Class in Mexico City and actually made delicious tacos.
The street tacos cooking experience was EPIC, and it made me love and appreciate tacos even more. Learning from a pro definitely makes a difference. The process of making tacos is something I don’t really think about. This class made me appreciate the process and every little detail that goes into making the bite sized meal.
The morning starts around 9am at Chef Graciela’s cooking space also known as Aura Cocina Mexicana. The cooking class is located in the Colombian neighborhood in Mexico City. The neighborhood itself is an experience because it offers a lot of history and delicious street food.
I was greeted with a warm smile by Chef Graciela and she took me on a street food and market tour in the neighborhood. After having tastes of several delicious bites on the street, we headed to the market and the first thing I noticed was the fact that we were the only tourists. Unlike the popular Coyoacan market which is a foodie heaven for tourists and locals alike, this market is more relaxed and it offers a lot of spices, small bites and sweet treats.
After the market tour, we went back to the cooking school, where we started preparing the tacos. We made 3 different types of tacos and 3 Mexican Salsas:
Tacos al Pastor (Pork)
Tacos de Barbacoa (Beef)
Tacos Campechanos (Beef and Pork)
The preparations started with blending all the ingredients required for the salsas. Chef Graciela described each procedure and its importance in the preparations. The peppers stood out to me mostly because they smell delicious raw and even more delicious after cooking. I also bought a couple of peppers to take home at the market so I was also really looking forward to tasting them in my taco.
When the salsas were done, the beef was prepped for boiling, and the diced chicken and sausages were grilled on a skillet. The grilling process is fun because the skillet is huge and Madonna’s “Like a prayer” was playing in the background. This made the class more interesting because we were singing and dancing for the duration of the class.
I was amazed at how quickly time went by in the class because I definitely had a fun class and Chef Graciela’s vibrant personality made the class go by faster.
The final step of the preparation was preparing the hand-made tortillas. The tortilla process requires patience and stable hands but the end result is worth it. I learned so much about Mexican Tacos from Chef Graciela’s class and I didn’t think I would have as much fun as I did while preparing them.
The class ended with the part I was looking forward to- EATING. I ate so many tacos, I could barely move. The tacos were also served with beer and Mezcal which I thought was a nice touch. Chef Graciela was also nice enough to pack some tacos for me to take home. I demolished them shortly after leaving the class (no surprise there). I was escorted to my Uber after the class by Chef Graciela, and we exchanged hugs. I will definitely miss her energy as it resonated and carried the class along.
I highly recommend Chef Graciela’s class in Mexico City and the experience is very memorable and worthwhile. The class can be booked here.
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