Essentially, this rice pudding (arroz con leche) taste like a warm bowl of Horchata! I love it! It can be served warm or chilled. With the colder weather, I instantly crave recipes like this. Arroz con leche(rice pudding) brings back wonderful memories of home. It is an easy recipe with minimal prep and ingredients. I remember when my niece Crystal asked me for the recipe for arroz con leche. All she could remember was that it required a lot of stirring! She was right! It does, and that’s ok. It’s all part of the process of learning. Make sure to add this traditional recipe to your holiday menu this year! it’s a great recipe to prepare with your kids. #arrozconleche #familytraditions
- 3 cups water
- 1 full cup short grain rice
- 2 large cinnamon sticks mexican canela if possible
- pinch of salt
- 12 ounce can evaporated milk
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups whole milk
- *extra ground cinnamon for garnish
- In a nonstick saucepan combine the water cinnamon stick, rice and pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover. Continue cooking until the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
- At this time you can remove the cinnamon sticks or you can leave them in there.
- Once the water is absorbed, stir in all of the milk products. Reduce the heat to medium/low.You don't want it to boil. You will continue to cook and stir as needed until the mixture becomes thick and creamy. This process could take up to 40 minutes or more. Serve warm or chill and serve topped with whip cream as a special dessert! Garnish with fresh ground canela(cinnamon).
Tips~ Mom’s originally recipe simply included whole milk and granulated sugar. You most certainly can prepare it that way if you prefer. The sugar is to taste.
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Just did your arroz con leche and it came out SOO good Delicious like my son say☺ I LOVE following your page and do some of your recepies thank you so much for sharing our food with us…
Thank you Aracelly!!! I appreciate your feedback on the recipes. Have a wonderful day!
Can’t wait to try this one!
Hi Emily! Thanks for stopping by the blog!
Do I need to adjust the liquids when using long grain rice?
No, just follow the recipe as written.
Hey! Going to make this tonight, your recipe was the closest to how I remember my family making it! I got canela, wondering how much I should put in and if there are any other special instructions for using it?
In the recipe I state two large sticks, so they are about 4 inches long. Instructions for the cinnamon sticks? Besides using the canel this way, I grind fresh cinnamon for my recipes. I break it into small pieces and use my coffee grinder. I only use it for spices, not coffee, lol! Cinnamon tea is tasty! A;so for preparing piloncillo syrup. The canela is added to some sauces and adobos as well.
Just made this and it is so good! My daughter loved it and taking some to my aunt who wanted me to buy her some! Homemade is better! 🥰
Wonderful! Thank you for the feedback Gina!
Hi! Have you ever tried making arroz con leche in an instant pot? My daughter and I love arroz con leche. It’s one of her favorite things that I make. Would you know how to convert this recipe so that I can make it in an instant pot? Tomorrow is her birthday and I am short on time, so I thought I might be able to cut down on time by using my new instant pot?? What do you think?
Hi Michelle, I am sorry , but I don’t own an instant pot. You might try asking Mely @mexicoinmykitchen or Maggie @mamamaggieskitchen
Thats ok. Thank you for letting me know..and thank you for steering me in the right direction 🙂
I’ve made this recipe many times. I love the creaminess and the flavor is so nostalgic. It’s just like my mom use to make. It is a labor of love with all the stirring…well worth it though! Don’t miss out, try it, you won’t be disappointed.
Thank you Pinita for sharing these traditional Mexican recipes with all of us.What a treasure to have these available.
Thank You Bibi! I get so much joy sharing these recipes with everyone. It brings us back to a place of love and nostalgia. Thank you for your kind words.
Have you ever tried to make with Fat Free milk? In these quarantine days, that’s all I have on hand 🙁
I have never tried fat free milk, to be honest. I would think it would work, but it may not become as creamy as using whole milk.
I don’t have whole milk in my house I use 2% and it always has came out the same taste.
You can still use 2% Heather. Flavors the same, just slightly less creamy.
My abuelita use to make this for us all the time. I carried on the tradition and make it for my kids now. I’m making arroz con leche tonight. I like to boil the canela sticks first and then add the rice. To me it gives it more of a cinnamon flavor. Thank you for sharing your recipes! I have tried many of them and they are delicious:)
Thank you for the feedback Heather! It’s important to keep the traditions going.
Hi I can’t wait to try this . I haven’t been able to find short grain rice . Do you think that I could use medium grain ? Thank you !
Hi Kim! You can use medium and even long grain rice for this recipe. The short grain has more starch which yields a more creamy recipe, but the others are tasty too!
Hello, I don’t have the Sweeten condensed milk . Can you leave that out and just use sugar?
Hi Kathy, absolutely. The sugar would be to taste, of course. My mom used regular sugar in her recipe.
I just made this and it’s delicious! Reminds me of my mother’s. I will be sharing with my elder auntie who use to make it. Thank you. All your recipes are amazing!
I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe.
Do i need to rinse to rice beforehand?
Thanks in advance 😉
I never rinse the rice.
Gabby Lumbreras Tavitian
Can I use cal rose or long grain rice?
Yes you can use long grain as well.
I do not have cinnamon six. can I just use cinnamon and how much?
Sherry, the amount of cinnamon you add is up to you. I would just cook the arroz con leche without the cinnamon stick and then add cinnamon once you serve it.