How to Make Arroz Con Leche: Mexican Rice Pudding

Arroz on leche recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
678 Calories
15g Fat
120g Carbs
18g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 678
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 213mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 120g 44%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 18g
Calcium 532mg 41%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A thick and creamy rice pudding dessert with the added texture and flavor of raisins and cinnamon.


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup rice (short or medium grain)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins (soaked in warm water to soften)
  • Garnish: ground cinnamon and/or butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for rice pudding
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  2. Bring whole milk and water to a slow simmer in a large pot, over medium-low heat.

    Bring milk to boil
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  3. Stir in rice and add the cinnamon sticks and barely simmer, uncovered, until rice is softened, which should be about 20 to 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

    Stir in rice
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  4. When rice is soft, remove cinnamon sticks.

    When rice is soft, remove cinnamon sticks
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  5. Stir in the condensed milk, vanilla, salt, and raisins.

    Stir in condensed milk
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  6. Return to a slight simmer and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and rice has a pudding-like consistency.

    Return to a slight simmer
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  7. Serve hot, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon or butter.

    Serve hot
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  8. Enjoy!