Mexican Rice Pudding


Mexican rice pudding, or arroz con leche, is a creamy and comforting dessert that is popular in Mexico and other Latin American countries. It is made with rice, milk, sugar, and cinnamon, and cooked until thick and rich. You can enjoy it hot or cold, and sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top for extra flavor. It is a simple and easy dessert that uses only a few ingredients, and is perfect for any occasion.

Mexican Rice Pudding

Preparation and cooking times and total time

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes

Servings and serving size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving size: 1/2 cup

Nutritional information (per serving)

  • Calories: 191 kcal
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sodium: 58 mg


  • 1/4 cup of long-grain white rice
  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A pinch of salt
  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish

Detailed method of preparation

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon stick, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and the pudding is thick, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Discard the cinnamon stick and transfer the pudding to a large bowl or individual serving dishes. Let it cool slightly or refrigerate until chilled, depending on your preference.
  3. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon over the pudding and serve. Enjoy!

Tips for culinary success

  • You can use any type of rice you like, but long-grain white rice works best for this recipe. It has a mild flavor and a fluffy texture that absorbs the milk well.
  • You can adjust the sweetness of the pudding by adding more or less sugar, according to your taste. You can also use brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup for a different flavor.
  • You can add more flavor and texture to the pudding by adding some raisins, nuts, coconut, or vanilla extract. You can also use other spices, such as nutmeg, cloves, or cardamom, instead of or in addition to cinnamon.
  • You can make this pudding ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop, or enjoy it cold.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Q: How do I make vegan or dairy-free rice pudding?

A: You can make vegan or dairy-free rice pudding by substituting the milk with a plant-based milk, such as almond, soy, oat, or coconut milk. You can also use a vegan sweetener, such as agave nectar, coconut sugar, or stevia.

Q: What is the difference between Mexican rice pudding and other types of rice pudding?

A: Mexican rice pudding is similar to other types of rice pudding, but it has a distinctive flavor from the cinnamon stick and the ground cinnamon. It is also usually served cold, unlike some other types of rice pudding that are served hot.

Q: What can I serve with rice pudding?

A: Rice pudding is a delicious dessert on its own, but you can also serve it with some fresh fruits, such as berries, bananas, or mangoes, for a refreshing and colorful contrast. You can also serve it with some whipped cream, ice cream, or yogurt for a creamy and decadent treat.

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