Handmade Tamales

$165 per person

What You'll Learn

By the end of the class, you will:

  • Know how to “doctor up” fresh masa to prepare proper, flavorful tamale dough
  • Understand which types of fillings work well, and how you can improvise to create your own
  • Be able to fill and fold tamales, as well as know how to make ahead and freeze them

About This Class

Tamale making parties (or “Tamaladas”) are holiday traditions for many families with Mexican heritage. While the process can be time consuming, it’s not difficult once you’ve had an expert walk you through it step by step.

We’ll have two fillings prepared, one braised meat and one vegetarian, and then as a class you’ll prepare your fresh masa-based tamale dough. As you would at Christmas, you’ll gather together to assemble tamales, wrapping them in classic corn husks for steaming. While your tamales are cooking, you and your classmates will prepare some salsas and side dishes to make the tamalada meal complete, then you’ll sit down as a group to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You’ll leave not only with killer tamale-making skills, some recipes for classic Mexican dishes, but also a better understanding of the cultural significance of the Tamalada.


Classic Mexican Tamales with two filings (Braised Pork with Red Chile and Hatch New Mexico Chile Rajas with Cheese), Calabacitas, Beans, Salsa and a Ceviche


  • Wine included
  • Full meal served in class
  • Work in teams
  • Ages 18+


What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our current cooking classes is 2 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback.

When should I arrive for my class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we can not have students congregate in the building before class starts. Doors will open 5 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school, safely distanced (sidewalks are clearly marked) and will be let in the school just before class begins.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. You will be given a new, disposable mask to wear in class to ensure what you have on hasn’t been contaminated prior to entering SFCS. We will have extras available should you need one while at school.

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.


Do I need to eat before class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we will not be serving food or drinks during class, We will, however, be sending you home with both ingredients and finished food items so you can enjoy them later, and practice as well.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks, provided by SFCS, are required while in the building.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.
Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 
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