Arroz con Leche Recipe: Mexican Rice Pudding

Last Updated on December 7, 2023 by Ellen Christian

This Arroz con Leche Mexican recipe is a delicious authentic Mexican dessert. Find out the Arroz con leche origin and how to make it.

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Creamy arroz con leche in a glass cup with cinnamon sticks

Arroz con Leche Recipe

 There are lots of delicious recipes you can make that call for rice and raisins but this easy pudding dessert is one of my favorites.  Rice pudding with jasmine rice is a delicious dessert with a touch of orange. Try this flavored pudding recipe for dessert today.

Baked rice pudding is a delicious variation on your favorite dessert that’s baked in the oven. Try this old fashion pudding today.

This dessert recipe is the Mexican equivalent of rice pudding.  It is a thick and creamy pudding that has cinnamon and raisins.

How do you say Arroz con leche in English?

So, I get a lot of questions about how to say this in English. Very simply, it’s Rice with Milk. 

Arroz con leche origin

Did you ever wonder about the Arroz con leche origin? It is believed that the Arroz con Leche recipe originated in Spain and has Moorish traditions.  

The Moors occupied Spain for about 700 years that makes sense especially considering that many of the ingredients are popular in Moorish culture.

This type of pudding is popular in many different cultures. When I grew up, the variety my mother made contained vanilla which is popular in Nordic countries.  

My Mother then baked it and it was served cold like a custard. This type of dessert is popular in many different Spanish-speaking cultures.

And, I’ve modified it slightly so that my family enjoys it and I can find the ingredients. So, it’s probably not an authentic recipe.

cinnamon sticks falling out of a bag

Frequently asked questions

How should I serve this?

This Arroz con Leche recipe is served warm for dessert with a sprinkle of cinnamon. If you’re looking for the super sweet, custard type of pudding that your mom baked in the oven, this isn’t it.

This is very lightly sweet from the cinnamon and raisins but there is no added sugar or eggs so it is not a custard-based dessert.

What is Arroz con leche made of?

At its simplest form, this dessert has some type of cream or milk (or sweetened condensed milk), rice, cinnamon, and raisins. Some people like to use evaporated milk.

And, some use a combination of all three. You can experiment with the ingredients until you find your family’s favorite.

This is a creamy Spanish rice pudding recipe that’s very easy to make. It’s one of our favorite old fashioned desserts.

For a slightly different taste, you can use dried cranberries in place of the raisins in this Arroz con leche recipe if you want to.This Arroz con Leche Mexican recipe is a delicious authentic Mexican dessert. Find out the Arroz con leche origin and how to make it.

How long does Arroz con leche last in the fridge?

We make up just enough to eat in one sitting. But, if you want to make a few extra cups, you should eat this within two days of making it.

Be sure to cover the cups tightly so that the top doesn’t get a crust over it.

Can you reheat this dessert?

Yes, you can reheat this dessert. Just put it in the microwave for a minute or so and reheat it.

You will need to experiment with how long it takes. Each microwave is a little bit different. Or, you can just enjoy this cold the way that we do in the summer months.

This Arroz con Leche Mexican recipe is a delicious authentic Mexican dessert. Find out the Arroz con leche origin and how to make it.

What is an Arroz con leche drink?

If you’ve heard of this type of drink, you might be wondering what that is. It’s not really related at all to this dessert.

Instead, an Arroz con leche drink is simply rice milk. You should be able to find this in your local grocery store.

You can find both sweetened and unsweetened versions of this non-dairy milk in the grocery store. My daughter enjoys this since she is lactose intolerant.

For an authentic version of this beverage drink, you might want to look in the international section of your grocery store.

apple cinnamon jam and raisin bread

More raisin recipes to try

For more delicious recipes like my Arroz con leche recipe that feature for National Raisin Week, visit a few of my favorite blogs. There are so many different ways that you can enjoy raisins besides eating them straight from the box.

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Arroz con Leche Recipe

This Arroz con Leche Mexican recipe is a delicious authentic Mexican dessert. Find out the Arroz con leche origin and how to make it.

Arroz con leche recipe. Creamy Spanish rice with raisins.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 7 cups of water
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
  • 1 14 oz can of condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • dash of nutmeg
  • dash of cinnamon


  1. Put the water, rice and cinnamon stick in a pan and boil over medium high heat for about 18 minutes. Do NOT cover.
  2. Strain out the liquid and remove the cinnamon stick. Put the rice back into the pan.
  3. Add the evaporated milk, condensed milk and regular milk to the rice.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally.
  5. Cook until thick - about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Add the raisins and mix.
  7. Put in serving bowls and add a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  8. Serve and enjoy.


This will stay good in the refrigerator for two days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 698Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 321mgCarbohydrates: 112gFiber: 1gSugar: 94gProtein: 21g

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16 thoughts on “Arroz con Leche Recipe: Mexican Rice Pudding”

  1. Came out really good but I did not use The Whole can of lerchera condensed milk. It would have been really really sweet!!
  2. im confused. so many other people use same rice but use 1 cup of water. some use 4 cups milk. some use no condensed milk etc etc.
  3. Oh, this looks amazing! I have to say I have such fond memories of the magic my Mom created when she made rice pudding. I was always memorizedby the custard bowl baking in a pan of water. My husband also is a fan of rice pudding, I really should make it more often. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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