Mexican-Style Rice Pudding
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- 1 cup Mahatma® Rice white rice
- 2 cups water
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Full rind of an orange
- 1 cinnamon stick about 2” long
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar or more to taste
- 1/4 cup raisins optional
- Fresh fruit such as berries optional
- Whipped cream optional
- Ground cinnamon to taste to sprinkle on the end optional
- Chocolate syrup optional
- Place the rice in a thick saucepan, cover with the water and place over medium heat. Once it comes to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes. Incorporate the milk, the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, rind of an orange, cinnamon stick, salt and sugar.
- As soon as it starts simmering, reduce the heat to low. Once the rice is cooked through and soft, anywhere from 35 to 40 minutes, turn off the heat. If you wish to add raisins, do so at this point.
- There should still be a considerable amount of liquid in the pot. Once the rice cools down, it will puff up and the liquid will be further absorbed.
- You can serve the arroz con leche with fresh fruits such as berries, whipped cream, sprinkled ground cinnamon, or for a more over the top concoction, with chocolate syrup!
171comments inMexican-Style Rice Pudding
Hi, Pati! I made rice pudding for the first time after watching you make it on your show. You made it look so easy and delicious. I shared it with mis suegros and received a seal of approval! My father-in-law especially liked it as it reminded him of the arroz con leche he enjoyed as a child in El Salvador. Thanks again!
Yay, so happy everyone was pleased!
Can this rice pudding be baked?
Never tried to be honest 🙂
I’m making this tonight and it looks so good plus with the vanilla and cinnamon my kitchen smells amazing!
Let me know how you liked it Annabelle!
Love your PBS TV program since my grandmother and mom made similar recipes long ago. We are trying the rice pudding, Thanks !!
Thanks so much Bill, un abrazo!
I was wondering do you cook with the pot lid on or off? Trying this recipe today. Sounds great! I’ll let you know!
I cooked this uncovered Anne, let me know how yours came out!
I love watching your show and have been missing my Tia’s pudding. I cant wait to make this on the next cold Colorado day.
I’ll let you know how much my kiddos love it!!!
Hope everyone enjoyed one of my favorite desserts Stephanie!
Shirley Landry / Jland77@comcast.net
Thank you so much for the recipe!
My pleasure 😉
In the words of Pati, “Oooh, Mmmm”! This was very good, not too sweet. I have a 1/2 can of condensed milk left – I think I’ll experiment with jasmine rice, ginger and ???
Lemon rind? Yum!
Tried it with lemon, fresh & dried ginger, and honey. Also good.
Mary Ann Faloon
Been making Pati’s rice pudding recipe for years, love it! my favorite.
So happy to hear, thanks Yona!
Patties recipes sound yummy I’m going to make something very soon I can’t wait
Patties recipes sound yummy I’m going to make something very soon I can’t wait
So glad you will, yay!
Love this Mexican rice pudding can’t wait to make. This recipe sounds delicious 😋
Hope you’ll like it Rita!
Looks delicious 😋. Thanks
Thanks to you for following Juanita!
Clarissa Huizar Walker
I have made your recipe several times and I absolutely love it. I never got my grandmothers and regret that, but this always takes me back. One question I have is, is it possible to substitute the orange rind with lemon? Or is it best to just omit it, if I don’t have an orange on hand? Growing up my grandmother never put citrus in hers, so I’m sure your recipe works without it.
Yes, with lemon or even lime rind it comes out pretty good too Clarissa, enjoy!
Verne from Texas
When do I refrigerate it?
Once it has completely cooled down 😉
Hi Pati, can I cut this recipe in half? I want to make it for my mom and myself and this recipe seems like it makes too much for two people.
Absolutely, it will still work perfectly, enjoy it you guys 🙂
WOW…delicious…..I’ve been meaning to make this but then not getting around to it……..this is a winner…………
So glad you liked it!
This is the easiest no fail recipe. My go-to favorite rice pudding recipe every time. My family loves it warm or cold.
Yay, thanks so much Jamie, hugs to you and the family 🙂
This has to be one of the best rice puddings I have ever tasted – and certainly have ever made!
The orange, vanilla, and cinnamon are perfect, the consistency is spot on!
Thank you for a recipe my whole family loves!! 🙂
So happy you guys liked it Liz, hugs to all 🙂
Hi Pati, I love your program. I want to prepare your arroz con leche recipe. Can I use bastami rice or jasmine rice?
Of course Roe, go ahead and enjoy one of my favorite desserts 🙂
My daughter and I loved this episode!
There’s a snow cone stand in Austin, TX, that makes this flavor and it is the BEST!!
So glad you liked this recipe Elizabeth, hugs to you and your daughter!
I made this and it’s yummy !! Very great recipe.
Glad you liked it Chrissy!
This is my childhood, it reminds me of my abuela and tias in the kitchen. Thank you for the wonderful memories and your amazing show that I never miss!!! I just love you
Gracias Alicia! Lots of abrazos to you 😉
My daughters love your rice pudding recipe so much that I’m making it for the second time. It’s so yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!
Yay! My pleasure Sherol 🙂 Love to you and the girls.
Es un delicioso arroz con leche me trae recuerdos de mi infancia.gracias por sus deliciosas recetas Pati…..
Muchas gracias a ti Oralia, te mando un abrazo!
The smell brings back memories of my grandma. Thank you for sharing.
My pleasure Margaret, enjoy!
My grand-kids all love Rice Pudding, your recipe is their favorite. Thank you Linda Mujer.
So glad the kids approve, thanks to you all!
Northa L Turner
My honey doesn’t like rice but he love you rice pudding it was wonderful , I will make
the Flan tomorrow yummy.
Awesome Northa, hope he will approve of the flan as well 🙂
best rice puddng ever
Best rice pudding ever
Yay! So glad you liked it MaryLou!
I have made this every other night for a week now. The family can’t get enough of it!! Absolutely delicious!!! Love to watch your show as well!!!
Gracias Stephanie! So glad you guys loved my Arroz con Leche so much, yay 😉
I made this in my Instant Pot and it turned out amazing!
Awesome! Thanks for sharing Donna 😉
Do you have a favorite Mexican Vanilla??
Mexican vanilla is wonderful all around, so all of them 😉
Great pudding I changed one thing I soaked the raisins in Grand marnier that helped to intensify the orange flavor
Yes! Great idea, thanks for sharing 😉
Patti, my family and I enjoy your tv show immensely. We tried this recipe after seeing you cook it one episode. Delish!!! We thank you for your many talents and kind spirit!!!!!
Gracias Lori, so glad the family enjoyed this dessert, big hug to all!
I mixed up the recipe right from the start so I think that affected the texture. Turned out mushier than I was expecting (although I realized my mistake right from the beginning there was no saving it!). Would add more sugar as well (I used to called for amount of 3T. I will try this again bc I feel like it could have been my error in not reading the recipe correctly.
Agree Martha, just give it a second chance, you will love it I promise 😉
This recipe is dynamite !! I have done it exactly as written and it comes out perfectly each time. I have even been able to use this recipe to do a dairy free version, which is just as yummy! Thank you for sharing your passion, Pati! God bless you!
Thanks so much for your feedback Jenny, so glad you enjoy the pudding 😉
Soo good. Brings back memories of my grandmother
Thank you Mary, enjoy it 😉
This sounds so yummy! ☺️ Do you wash the rice before cooking it?
He Steph, I just do a very quick rinse because I like my pudding starchy 😉
Thanks for answering my question! I finally got around to making this and I’m annoyed I waited so long. It’s delicious!
Patricia Castro Patty
Hola Patti, la naranja es al pelarla sin lo blanco de ella. 😉 la añamos con el arroz?
Me encantan tus recetas. Tu programa, eres un encanto.
Exacto Patricia, es unicamente la parte naranja de la cascara, porque la parte blanca es super amarga. Un abrazo!
Delicious! I can always count on your recipes to come out perfect. Thanks for sharing. 💜
Thanks so much Jenn, so glad you liked the pudding 😉
I made this recipe again after making it a month or so ago. It was much better this time. I can’t remember what I did but the first time the liquid was gone almost completely. This time it was much better. It came out more like what I remember enjoying as a kid growing up. Delicious.
Glad you liked it Sandra 🙂
Hola Part! Me encantó tu receta, yo soy cocinera por muchos años, pero hice tu receta y me gustó mucho! Gracias Chef!🌺🌺
Gracias a ti Norma, que alegria me da que te haya gustado este arroz con leche 😉
Made this for the first time today. Smells fantastic, tastes great, but the rice at the bottom of the pot burned. It did not affect the flavor, but I’m wondering what went wrong. Should I have stirred it more often? Or maybe used a heavier pot? Thanks for the recipe; I wanted to try it as soon as I saw the episode.
Hey Marie, yes, probably you needed to stir a bit more often but not to much or it will become mushy. Also remember to reduce the temperature to low as soon as it starts simmering. Good luck 😉
Is this recipe going to work with short grain rice that has higher starch content than long grain?
Hey Dani, use your favorite, just make sure is not precooked 😉
Can I use Uncle Ben’s original rice? I don’t have Mahatma brand.
You are amazing and we love your show. My husband discovered you when he was in the hospital for two weeks and WGBH Create channel was on the hospital line up. He would call me and tell me how hungry he was from watching you!
Hey Ami, you can use any brand of your preference, just don’t use the precooked kind, it will not work at all. Thanks for the kind words and hugs to your husband, hope he is feeling better 🙂
I love the Arroz con Leche.
Me too 😉
Hola Paty, saludos desde Los Angeles California a nosotros nos gusta el arroz en leche con bolillo mmmmm
Que rico! Saludos a LA 🙂
Oh my goodness! I made this today. I substituted milk with coconut milk. I also zested the orange. It is absolutely incredible. Everything came out perfectly and I think it tastes like heaven. This is my favorite rice pudding recipe of all time.
Yay Susan! Thanks so much, you made my day 😉
I just asked if it could be made with coconut cream instead of milk.
Thank You for the answer.
What other kinds of rice could I use? I have Carolina Gold…would that work?
I don’t think I can get Mahatma Rice around here.
Hi Liz, you can go ahead and use any white rice, just make sure it is long grain, in my experience it works much better for this recipe, enjoy 😉
Camilla A Baca
This dessert was a childhood favorite!
Thank you for bringing back these most fun memories!!
Thanks to you Camilla, have a great evening!
I adore you, your beautiful family, your program and your recipes. It’s the absolute best program. You make everything lol so effortless. Just love you to pieces. 😘
Thank you Mary, you are extremely sweet and kind 😉
Hola Pati deliciosa receta, nos encanta tu programa a mi esposo y a mi. Siempre nos dejas con hambre 😜
Hola Sandra, que gusto que les gusto el arroz con leche, es uno de mis postres favoritos. Saludos a ti y a tu esposo 🙂
I cannot wait to try this recipe, it looks delicious! Can I use evaporated milk instead of whole milk? Thank you,
Of course Patricia, evaporated milk is ok, enjoy!
My husband and I love your show and use a lot of your recipes! I was wondering if ground cinnamon can be used if you don’t have cinnamon sticks for the rice pudding. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. Thank you!
Hey Diana, yes, you can use ground cinnamon, just don’t add to much because remember you will be sprinkling some on top for serving. Enjoy!
I made this recipe for the first time a few days ago for a friend who was sick. It was easy and the flavor was amazing! The orange rind really makes this dish. Thank you. Can’t wait to make it again.
Thanks so much Lacey, I hope your friend is feeling better 🙂
Can you substitute the whole milk with almond milk? I can’t tolerate regular milk any more.
You can always try Mary, it should come out pretty good. Please let me know 😉
How do you do the orange rind?… is it the same as orange zest?
Hi Adriana! The orange rind is different from the zest although I guess using zest will work as well. To get the rind just peel off the orange part of the skin (the white part is bitter, you want to stay away of it for this recipe) with a knife or a peeler in one or two big long pieces 😉
Pati your rice pudding is awesome!!! I have never been able to make a good rice pudding – until now that is. Just ordered one of your cookbooks – the newer one. Can’t wait for it to come in!
Hi Mindy! Love to hear you enjoyed the rice pudding 😉 Have fun with the Cookbook, lots of yummy recipes to try!
HI Pati! Do I need to stir the rice while it simmers for 35 minutes?
Just maybe one time mid cooking Anna, but do not over do it or the rice will break and become like a paste, you do not want that 😀
Jo Ann Lopez
I’m trying to find your recipe for the 3 layer cake that you made on the episode on 1-12-20. It had meringue and fresh
plums and apricots; it looked very scrumptious. Also, I am looking for the recipe for fresh chile sauce baked over pork roast. Yummy!
Here they are, Jo Ann: https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/cuatro-leches-cake-with-plums-and-apricots/ https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/pierna-de-cerdo-adobada/
Martha E Munguia
The Orange peel adds a light citrus flavor which is enhanced by the condensed milk and cinnamon. I absolutely love this recipe, I have had many and by far one of my favorites. Thanks. Partial cover after adding milk, vanilla… also would suggest 35 minutes. I love Pati’s Mexican kitchen recipes.
Thank you, Martha!
This is a great, very traditional.🙄
Anna R Pedziwiatr
I’m a huge fan & I watch your show on PBS in Phoenix, AZ. It helps take mind off my long chemo sessions. I’m immunocompromised and under isolation but cooking(when I’m able) really helps. I had a question. When simmering the rice after adding the milk and other ingredients, should it come back to a boil before reducing to low? Should it be covered during this stage?
Thank you for making my days brighter and letting me live vicariously through your travels and adventures!
Oh I’m so sorry to hear you are sick, Anna. I wish you a very speedy recovery and send you a big hug! As for the rice pudding, you wait for it to simmer again and then reduce the heat to low.
Do we have to add the orange rind?
It’s optional…I like the flavor, but you don’t have to add it.
I’ll be truthful. I am not a fan of rice pudding. I like rice, just not served this way. With that said. I am making this for my wife. She loves rice pudding. It reminds her of her childhood filled with some great memories.
I know that today is a rough day at work for her, add to that that she isn’t feeling well too.
So she will have this wonderful treat awaiting her this evening when she gets home. Who knows, I may even find that I like it myself. I am always open to trying foods multiple times before giving up on them.
Thank you for the wonderful recipe
Oh I hope your wife (and you) enjoy the pudding. And I hope she feels much better…send her my best, David.
Alberto D. Parra
¡Gracias Pati !
El sabor de este arroz es igual como de Mí Abuela Celsa. Fue nacida en Zacatecas.
Fallecio hace 30 años.
Gracias otra vez por este recuerdo fino.
Alberto Parra AlbuQuerque, New Mexico
Uy mil gracias, Alberto!
Hoy que hace mucho frio, se me antojo hacer arroz con leche. Nunca le he puesto cascara de naranja. Haber como queda.
Love your show, and all the recipes😋
Thank you Betty!
Hi Patti — love your show and look forward to making the rice pudding. It sounds like it will be so comforting over the winter. One question: should we zest the entire orange or put in the rind in whole pieces and remove them when we remove the cinnamon stick (which I think we probably do before serving?)?
Thank you Jane! You can put the rind in whole pieces and remove them and the cinnamon stick before serving. Enjoy!
Pati I just made the rice pudding!
So easy and tastes the best !!
Love your show, I used to love cooking with my Mom just like
Your son Juju !! Fantastic
Oh I’m happy that the recipes bring back good memories of your mom, Toni!
Zeneca H Ford
I love rice pudding. I remember eating it as a child. It brings back wonderful memories of my Nanny an Granny. I am going to try your recipe. Thank you. I really love your show.
Oh I’m so glad this brings back good memories, Zeneca.
Hi Pati, Love your down to Earth cooking without pretense. I’m going to try to make “chocolate” rice pudding as a chocoholic the only sensible thing to do. Also, please tell me what chili peppers carry very little heat. I love chilies. I even make chili stew with pork and sometimes put the chilies on scrambled eggs…hmmm, so good, but I can’t take too much heat from the chilies. Jo (an American living in Tasmania, Australia)
Hahaha yes…my family is a family of chocoholics too, so I understand. Some great chiles with little heat are poblanos or anchos. Here’s some more info on the different chiles: https://patijinich.com/pati_2020/category/ingredients/chiles/
After adding the remaining ingredients is the heat suppose to be medium/high to come to a boil then reduced to simmer?
Hi Patricia! Once you’ve added the milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, rind of an orange, cinnamon stick, salt and sugar, you wait for it to simmer again and then reduce the heat to low.
Pati I’m making this rice pudding as we speak I hope it’s comes out as good as yours is. My wife enjoy your show very much and love your sense of humor and your passion for cooking. Thank you we will keep watching for new recipes.
I’m sure it will Michael!
I think I loving cooking in the kitchen almost as much as you do. I teaching Mexican cooking classes in my community and use many of your recipes. God Bless you for the inspiration you give me. Mexican- Style Rice Pudding will be one of the recipes that I will teach the next time. It is so delicioso!
Oh I’m so happy to hear that you have been so inspired. I hope you have lots of great classes…and say hi to your students for me, Lupita.
Obed y chely
Hola paty.mi esposo es cocinero y no es por nada ,pero.cocina con la.misma pasion q cocinas tu. Disfrutamos mucho viendo tu show..el tambien es de la ciudad de mexico y dice que Lastima no te conocio antes.😘😍Gracias por tus delicias q nos compartes. Saludos desde Wisconsin
Gracias Obed y Chely!
How’dy frm Dallas Tx🐎
We love watching your cooking show.
I’m ashamed of myself because this is a dish i should have learned frm my mom. Thanks to your show I now can make. Keep the receipes coming!
Oh I’m so glad that it reminds you of your mom…and that you can now make the dish, Meza 😉
My husband and I just watched your show for the first time on PBS. We loved it…loved you and your sense of humor and passion for good food! We love rice pudding, but have never made it ourselves. We’re going to try this recipe together. It looks so good and easy. I wish I had the passion for cooking that you have! 🙂
Have lots of fun in the kitchen, Janet! And say hi to your husband for me.
We love your recipes Pati!
Oh thank you Joss!
Thank you for this recipe. Sooo good
So glad you like it Patricia.
Do you groov grind the cinnamon stoc stick or is it left whole and then removed? Same question about the orange rib rind.
You can if you want to…but you don’t have to, Tracie. I just leave mine whole and then remove them
Hi Patti! I love your show and your recipes so much, thank you for sharing them.
There are TOO many types of rice, please tell me the best brand to use.
Thank YOU for trying the recipes, Irene! Any brand is great…for this recipe just look for a package that says long or extra-long rice.
María Lamar Ruíz
Un abrazo de San Antonio…
¡Mil gracias por tus recetas!
Abrazos Maria…y San Antonio!