Cooking with Chili Peppers & Potatoes

We’ve joined forces with chef Catalina Abad and her incredible kitchen to create a very special cooking tour for those of you who like a little spice in your life. If you’ve ever wondered how to use the vast variety of potatoes on offer at your local market, or how to make ají, this course is perfect for you!


This cooking tour and course will center around Ecuadorian dishes created using potatoes and fresh chili peppers. You’ll start the tour with a visit to the main local market in the historic center of Cuenca. Here you’ll purchase some of the ingredients you’ll be using later. It’s a great opportunity to experience local culture and everyday life. You’ll learn about Andean products and the way to order produce at the market.
You’ll then take a short walk through the old town to Catalina’s kitchen where you’ll learn how to cook Ecuadorian dishes using different potato varieties and a range of ají sauces made using fresh chili peppers. After the class you will then get to sit back and enjoy the food you’ve prepared. The tour lasts about 5 hours.
We need a minimum of 5 participants to maintain this special group price. If you have any particular dietary requirements, please let us know when booking to tour.

You’ll learn to cook

· Locro de papas (Thick potato soup served with cheese and avocado)
· Tamal de papa (Potato dough filled with meats or vegetables and steamed in a leaf wrap)
· Llapingachos (Potato cakes filled with cheese)
· Pan de papa (Potato bread)
· A variety of different types of ají, a sauce made with fresh chili peppers combined with either pepa de sambo (squash seeds), tomate de árbol (tree tomato), maracuya (passion fruit) and more.

This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· Market tour
· Cooking class with professional chef
· All ingredients
· Recipe

This tour does not include

· Tips
· Any other service not mentioned herein

Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in Ecuador. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • If you like cooking, we also offer a Cuenca Food and Cooking Tour