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How to Make Mexican Rice Pudding

Today I’m going to show you how to make mexican rice pudding also known as “arroz con leche”. If you enjoy the flavors of horchata then you’ll definitely love this delicious Mexican style rice pudding. It can be served for breakfast, as a snack or even dessert.

Mexican rice pudding in a white bowl with ground cinnamon.

My whole family absolutely loves arroz con leche. It’s yummy, easy to make and inexpensive. It’s something we have on a regular basis.

I prefer it over this old fashioned rice pudding because it’s so much quicker to make.

What are the ingredients for arroz con leche (Mexican rice pudding)?

The ingredients for Mexican rice pudding are very basic. I’m sure you already have most if not all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now. All you’ll need is:

  • water
  • cinnamon stick
  • white rice (washed)
  • evaporated milk
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • regular milk
  • Mexican vanilla

What kind of rice should I use?

In my opinion, the best kind of rice for arroz con leche is long grain white rice. It’s available everywhere and it has the perfect texture in order to create a delicious and creamy arroz con leche. Medium grain rice and Jasmine rice may also be used. I don’t recommend brown rice or Basmati rice for this recipe.

Is Mexican rice pudding served hot or cold?

It can be served either way! It’s amazing when served hot right after cooking especially on a cold day. However, it’s also super delicious served cold the next day. It’s just a matter of preference.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy it?

How to cook arroz con leche

So, the first thing we’re going to do is make cinnamon tea essentially. We really enjoy the cinnamon flavor and I find this is the best way to bring out all that cinnamon goodness. Just add the water to a pot and bring to a boil.

Then, add the cinnamon stick to the boiling water. Remove the pot from heat and cover.

Allow the cinnamon to steep for about 15 minutes.

cinnamon tea

Next, remove the cinnamon stick from the water. Add the washed rice to the pot of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 20 minutes.

By this time the rice will be cooked through and will have absorbed most of the water.

cooked rice in a pot.

Now, we’re going to add the evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk to the rice. Stir it well.

Then, warm up the regular milk in the microwave until it’s no longer cold. It doesn’t have to be hot just make sure it’s warmed to at least room temperature. Add the milk to the pot and stir again.

Warming up the milk helps the rice cook more evenly. If you add cold milk to the pot of hot rice then it’s just going to bring down the temperature and slow down the cooking process. You may even end up with bits of hard rice in the end. You definitely don’t want that in your arroz con leche.

authentic Mexican rice pudding in a pot.

Cover the pot and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Don’t forget to stir, this will help prevent the rice pudding from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning.

If some of it does burn on the bottom it’s going to impart a burnt flavor to the whole pot of rice pudding.

So please, don’t forget to stir it a few times while it’s cooking.

When it’s done remove from heat and add the vanilla and stir.

The rice pudding will be very hot so it’s best to let it sit for about 10 minutes or so before serving to let it cool a bit.

When serving, I like to garnish my bowl with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

cooked arroz con leche in a pot.

Can I use sugar instead of sweetened condensed milk?

Yes, you can use sugar if that’s what you have available however the sweetened condensed milk is what’s going to give the rice pudding it’s creamy texture. If you prefer a rice pudding with a thinner texture then sugar will work just fine. You can add it at the same time you add the milks. I would start with about 1/2 to 3/4 a cup of sugar. Then you can always add more if you want it sweeter.

Can I use vanilla extract instead of mexican vanilla?

Yes, if you can’t find the mexican vanilla then vanilla extract will work just fine. Add about a teaspoon.

Why is my arroz con leche hard?

You want to make sure there’s enough of the cinnamon tea to cook the rice in at the beginning of the recipe. If you don’t use the amount that’s listed in the recipe then the rice won’t cook through properly. Then, you’ll also want to make sure that you warm up the cold milk. This step is crucial to not ending up with hard pieces of rice in the end result. If you follow these instructions you should not end up with hard arroz con leche.

arroz con leche in a white bowl garnished with ground cinnamon.

Tips and tricks to make the best arroz con leche recipe

  • Wash the rice under running water to get rid of excess starch.
  • Warm up the regular milk in the microwave this helps the rice cook evenly.
  • Stir the rice occasionally after adding the three milks to prevent burning.

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The best Mexican rice pudding recipe

This easy and authentic Mexican style rice pudding is a yummy treat the whole family will love.

Comforting and made with simple ingredients it’s definitely a dish you’ll want to have a on a regular basis.

Serve it for breakfast or dessert. Either way it’s sure to be a hit! I really hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

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mexican rice pudding in a white bowl garnished with ground cinnamon.
Mexican rice pudding in a white bowl with ground cinnamon.
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How to Make Mexican Rice Pudding

This delicious and creamy Mexican rice pudding is perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword arroz con leche, arroz con leche recipe, mexican rice pudding, mexican rice pudding recipe, mexican style rice pudding
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 468 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup long grain white rice washed
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tbs Mexican vanilla

Instructions

  1. Add the water to a pot and bring to a boil.

  2. Add the cinnamon stick to the water. Remove the pot from heat and cover with the lid.

  3. Let the cinnamon steep for 15 minutes.

  4. Then remove the cinnamon stick from the water. Add the washed rice to the pot and bring to a boil.

  5. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 20 minutes.

  6. Add the evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk to the pot and stir.

  7. Warm up the 2% milk in the microwave until it's at least room temperature. Then add it to the pot as well and stir.

  8. Cover the pot and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes while stirring occasionally.

  9. When done remove the pot from heat and add the vanilla and stir. Let it sit for about 10 minutes or so as it will be hot.

  10. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Wash the rice under running water to get rid of excess starch.
  • Warm up the regular milk in the microwave this helps the rice cook evenly.
  • Stir the rice occasionally after adding the three milks to prevent burning.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Mexican Rice Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 468 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 207mg9%
Potassium 624mg18%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 434IU9%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 496mg50%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Monday 26th of July 2021

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Cathy

Tuesday 29th of August 2017

Added 1/4 tsp of salt. simple and delicious like my dad used to make for us.

Carissa

Wednesday 30th of August 2017

I'll have to try that next time! I'm so glad you liked it :) Thank you for commenting!

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