Nuestra Cocina welcomes you to “Our Kitchen”. Nuestra Cocina is a collaboration of two renowned restaurateurs and chefs, Benjamin Gonzales and Shannon Dooley-Gonzales. Together as husband and wife they own and operate Nuestra Cocina, an authentic Mexican dining spot in southeast Portland, Oregon.
The style of cuisine can often be considered old peasant style Mexican cooking. Recipes and flavors spanning far as the high desert state of Zacatecas to the coast lines of Vera Cruz and Tampico.
Inside “Our Kitchen”
Meet our Señora de la Tortilla! Her sole responsibility is to hand roll & press authentic corn tortillas. The hand tortilla press we use is a special hand-crafted press built by our own chef’s grandfather and passed down to him.
Our Tortilla Lady prepares over 30 pounds of masa for every evening’s meal. She provides our guest with delicious corn tortillas that are served fresh and hot. It’s one of our signature features at our restaurant.
Our Mole (mo-lay) Room is inspired by the diverse amount of Mole sauces that are served with authentic Mexican cuisine. The rich decor of deep reds and chocolate browns create an ideal mood and ambience. It is designed as the perfect venue to host a special family gathering, a meeting or a corporate dinner.
To book your special event here’s some general information on reserving our Mole (mo-lay) Room.
Chef Benjamin was born and raised in Los Angeles, California with his roots reaching south towards Mexico. Living under one small roof, with a very large family, his Mexican background focused on food preparation and family gatherings. Benjamin directed his career towards cooking.
Shannon was born in upstate New York and later moved to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Having a family in the restaurant industry also meant she was destined to focus on the food and beverage world.
Chef Benjamin teaches monthly cooking classes at Nuestra Cocina. Each class is 3 hours from 6pm - 9pm.
Prepare & enjoy a 3 course menu. You can participate with the chef or just watch and learn. All recipes are provided. Taught in our back kitchen then gather as a family, in our Mole Room and eat regional cuisines of Mexico.
Book a private cooking class. Great for birthday gatherings or corporate bonding. 8 to 12 people are required for private classes or
Schedule a one-on-one cooking class with Chef Benjamin. Discuss a menu with the chef and learn the true art of Mexican cooking in your own personal class. Monthly class prices start at $50.00. Private or personal class prices are to be discussed.
Antojitos & Ensaladas
SOPA DE LIMA CON POLLO
QUESO DE CABRA EN HOJA DE PLATANO
TAQUITOS DE CARNE DESEBRADA
ENCHILADAS EN MOLE VERDE CON POLLO Y QUESO COTIJA
TACOS DE PUERCO
SOPES DE CHORIZO, FRIJOLES Y CHILE ARBOL CON QUESO
CAMARONES CON TAMARINDO
CHILE RELLENO CON PICADILLO
TOSTADA DE BAHIA CAMARONES CON CHILITO
LECHUGAS CON MANGO, JICAMA, PEPITAS Y AGUACATE
ENSALADA DE ESPINACAS
CHILE RELLENO CON CALABAZITAS Y QUESO OAXACA
CAMARONES AL MOJO DE AJO
POLLO ASADO EN ACHIOTE CON ARROZ BLANCO Y SALPICON
CARNE ASADA CON FRIJOLES BORRACHOS
CHULETAS DE PUERCO EN CHILE ADOBO CON SALSA DE TOMATILLO
BARBACOA DE CORDERO CON SALSA VERDE
CREPES CON LECHECILLA Y CAJETA
PASTEL DE CHOCOLATE CON HELADO DE CANELA
EMPANADA DE LIMON
FLAN DE NARANJA
TEQUILA MARTINI DE CAFÉ Y CREMA
Margarita De la Casa
Cocina Traditional Margarita
Cocina Cadillac Margarita
Cocina Especial Margarita
Margarita De Granada
Scarlet – Orange Margarita
Margarita de Fresa y Chipotle
El Espadin Margarita
Besito de Jamaica
House Sangria – glass
House Sangria – pitcher
Serrano Lime Drop
Infusión de Tequila
Tequila Martíni de Mango y Habanero
Tequila Martíni de Pina y Chile
Tequila Martíni de Café y Crema