Jane Butel founded Pecos Valley Spice Co. (initially named Pecos River Spice Co.) in 1978 in Santa Fe, NM, later moving the business to New York City, NY.  Tex-Mex, Inc. is a New Mexico Corporation and Jane Butel's Cooking School and the Spice business are  divisions.

The Cooking School began as week long full participation classes in Santa Fe, NM in 1983, before relocating to Albuquerque. NM in 1993.

Prior to founding the Spice and Cooking School businesses, Jane Butel was a Corporate Marketing Executtive with four major corporations, ending with being the Corporate Vice President of Consumer Affairs and Marketing for American Express,  Prior, she was the Director of Consumer Marketing for General Electric/Hotpoint, Manager of Consumer Affairs for Con Edison of New York City and Manager of the Home Service Department for Public Service Co. of New Mexico.

Her love of Southwestern and Mexican food began as a child, spending time with her Aunt and Uncle who managed a major government program in Mexico.  Also, her maternal Grandmother, who was a graduate Home Economist,  helped the native women of New Mexico in the early 1900's to create recipes from their culinary traditions; where prior no recipes existed.  

This legacy, along with being a third generation Home Economist and continuous love of cooking led to her establishing these businesses. 





Coaching & Mentoring


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 Weekend Classes-

March 9-11, 2018

May 11-13, 2018

August 3-5,  2018

September 7-9,  2018

November 9-11, 2018

 For more information and to sign up, click on the specific dates you are interested in.

Oaxaca Culinary Week Long Tour, June 5 to 11, 2018

Week Long Class

July 16 -20, 2018

Day classes 

February 8, 2018 - Specialty Bread Baking

February 15 - 16,  Baking Workshop-

March 22, 2018 - Chile, Chili

April 19, 2018 - Barbecuing...all kinds and ways

June 14,  2018 -  Party Appetizer Class


You can register now for the June 5 to 11 Week long Culinary to Oaxaca .  first 15 registrants accepted.

Where Women Cook

Order my next 5 cookbooks from any of the 3 sources and really help our rating!

Tex-Mex  came out February 28, 2017.Tex-Mex cook book cover

Or, order from us if you would like an autographed copy for you or for any persons on your gift list. 

And we will drop ship each book if you like.


Barnes and Noble


Revisesd, 2nd edition of 'Jane Butel's Southwestern Kitchen"was published October 4, 2016.

Southwestern Kitchen book cover 2016

Jane Butel's newest cookbook, "Simply Southwestern"  was published November 22, 2016.



Barnes and Noble

Simply Southwest book cover


Hotter Than Hell was re-published and completely re-edited and released in March, 2017.  If you would like a personally autographed cookbook, order from us NOW

If you would like a personally autographed copy  of the newly released and re-edited  Barbecue cookbook, order from us NOW! 




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Best of Mexican Regional Recipes

The complete book of all the Mexican regional recipes taught in the award winning Fairmont-Princess Cooking School in Scottsdale. Has such favorites as Rellenos en Nogado, Pollo Cauchate, Mayan Chilaquiles and the luscious Tres Leches. cake. Ebook $2.99.

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