Mexican Cooking

Presented by

R.J. Hernandez


Learn the art of traditional Mexican cooking with CultureALL Ambassador R.J. Hernandez.

As a child, R.J. watched his mother prepare numerous Mexican dishes using just her intuition and experience to measure a pinch of this and a scoop of that. Understanding his mother wouldn’t always be around to guide his cooking lessons, R.J.began tirelessly recording the measurements, temperatures, and techniques she used and turned them into recipes. These would later contribute to the success of Raul’s Mexican Food, the chain of restaurants R.J. and his family would open, own, and operate in Des Moines.

In this workshop, participants get their hands’ messy learning to make their own flour tortillas, a staple food of Mexico. Participants measure and mix ingredients, knead and roll out the dough, then cook tortillas on a comal. R.J. ends this workshop with a snack: participants make quesadillas with their homemade tortillas and enjoy eating them.

If a space with an oven is available, participants can also learn to bake home-made tortilla chips. Other dishes may also be made if time permits.

Please Note: If R. J. is unavailable, several of our other Ambassadors from Mexico teach a variation of this workshop, although the dishes prepared may vary (corn instead of flour tortillas, etc.). We will review their lesson plan and equipment needs when you book your workshop.

Workshop Details




Family Consumer Science; Social Studies



Standard Length


Room Setup

Family & Consumer Science room - if available

Supplies/Equipment Needed:


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