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White mugs with red rim filled with arroz con leche
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5 from 1 vote

Arroz con Leche

Mexican version of rice pudding with a touch of cinnamon
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: arroz con leche, mexican recipes, Mexican rice pudding, rice pudding
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cups milk *see note
  • ¼-½ cup sugar sweeten to taste; **see note


  • Place saucepan over medium low heat and add rice, water, and cinnamon sticks.
  • Cover and cook until rice is cooked and water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add milk and sugar, stir to combine, cover and cook for additional 15 minutes.
  • Cook longer for a thicker arroz con leche resembling rice pudding. Add more sugar or sweetener of choice if needed.


*You use milk of choice, dairy or non. I have tried it with almond milk with success.
**Substitute sweetener of choice, just add a little at a time and adjust to taste. Traditionally sweetened condensed milk use used to sweeten.