Mexican-Style Rice Pudding

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Mexican-Style Rice Pudding

Mexican-Style Rice Pudding

Arroz con Leche

Recipe Yield

6 to 8 Servings

Cooking time

50 minutes

Rate this recipe

3.43 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • 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

To Prepare

  • 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!

Comments

108comments inMexican-Style Rice Pudding

  1. Stephanie Ahumada

    Feb 27

    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!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      Gracias Stephanie! So glad you guys loved my Arroz con Leche so much, yay 😉

  2. Donna Gordon

    Feb 26

    I made this in my Instant Pot and it turned out amazing!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing Donna 😉

  3. Yvette Denis

    Feb 03

    Do you have a favorite Mexican Vanilla??

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      Mexican vanilla is wonderful all around, so all of them 😉

  4. Mister Piggie

    Jan 31

    Great pudding I changed one thing I soaked the raisins in Grand marnier that helped to intensify the orange flavor

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Yes! Great idea, thanks for sharing 😉

  5. Lori

    Jan 27

    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!!!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Gracias Lori, so glad the family enjoyed this dessert, big hug to all!

  6. Martha

    Nov 04

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 05

      Agree Martha, just give it a second chance, you will love it I promise 😉

  7. Jenny

    Oct 21

    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 22

      Thanks so much for your feedback Jenny, so glad you enjoy the pudding 😉

  8. Mary Charles

    Oct 12

    Soo good. Brings back memories of my grandmother

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 22

      Thank you Mary, enjoy it 😉

  9. Steph

    Oct 03

    Hi Pati,

    This sounds so yummy! ☺️ Do you wash the rice before cooking it?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      He Steph, I just do a very quick rinse because I like my pudding starchy 😉

  10. Patricia Castro Patty

    Oct 03

    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.
    Gracias
    🙏 cuídense

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Exacto Patricia, es unicamente la parte naranja de la cascara, porque la parte blanca es super amarga. Un abrazo!

  11. JennM

    Oct 02

    Delicious! I can always count on your recipes to come out perfect. Thanks for sharing. 💜

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Thanks so much Jenn, so glad you liked the pudding 😉

  12. Sandra

    Sep 29

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Glad you liked it Sandra 🙂

  13. Norma

    Sep 27

    Hola Part! Me encantó tu receta, yo soy cocinera por muchos años, pero hice tu receta y me gustó mucho! Gracias Chef!🌺🌺

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Gracias a ti Norma, que alegria me da que te haya gustado este arroz con leche 😉

  14. Marie Rose

    Sep 27

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      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 😉

  15. Dani

    Sep 27

    Hi Pati,
    Is this recipe going to work with short grain rice that has higher starch content than long grain?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 28

      Hey Dani, use your favorite, just make sure is not precooked 😉

  16. Amy

    Sep 26

    Hi Pati!
    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 28

      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 🙂

  17. Eula

    Sep 26

    I love the Arroz con Leche.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 29

      Me too 😉

  18. Anonymous

    Sep 26

    Hola Paty, saludos desde Los Angeles California a nosotros nos gusta el arroz en leche con bolillo mmmmm

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 29

      Que rico! Saludos a LA 🙂

  19. Susan

    Sep 25

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Yay Susan! Thanks so much, you made my day 😉

  20. Liz C.

    Sep 25

    Pati,
    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      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 😉

  21. Camilla A Baca

    Sep 18

    This dessert was a childhood favorite!
    Thank you for bringing back these most fun memories!!
    Camilla

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Thanks to you Camilla, have a great evening!

  22. Mary Hamilton

    Sep 18

    Pati,
    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. 😘

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Thank you Mary, you are extremely sweet and kind 😉

  23. Sandra

    Aug 12

    Hola Pati deliciosa receta, nos encanta tu programa a mi esposo y a mi. Siempre nos dejas con hambre 😜
    Saludos

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 12

      Hola Sandra, que gusto que les gusto el arroz con leche, es uno de mis postres favoritos. Saludos a ti y a tu esposo 🙂

  24. Patricia Toney

    May 30

    Hi Pati,
    I cannot wait to try this recipe, it looks delicious! Can I use evaporated milk instead of whole milk? Thank you,

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 01

      Of course Patricia, evaporated milk is ok, enjoy!

  25. Diana Ontiveros

    May 17

    Hi Pati,
    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 20

      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!

  26. Lacey

    Apr 24

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Thanks so much Lacey, I hope your friend is feeling better 🙂

  27. Mary

    Apr 20

    Can you substitute the whole milk with almond milk? I can’t tolerate regular milk any more.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      You can always try Mary, it should come out pretty good. Please let me know 😉

  28. Adriana

    Apr 20

    Hi Pati,
    How do you do the orange rind?… is it the same as orange zest?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      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 😉

  29. Mindy

    Apr 18

    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 19

      Hi Mindy! Love to hear you enjoyed the rice pudding 😉 Have fun with the Cookbook, lots of yummy recipes to try!

  30. Anna

    Mar 27

    HI Pati! Do I need to stir the rice while it simmers for 35 minutes?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 02

      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 😀

  31. Jo Ann Lopez

    Jan 14

    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!

  32. Martha E Munguia

    Nov 12

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 12

      Thank you, Martha!

  33. Jimmy

    Oct 12

    This is a great, very traditional.🙄

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 12

      👍

  34. Anna R Pedziwiatr

    Jul 09

    Hi Pati!!!
    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!

    God Bless,
    Anna

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 09

      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.

  35. Anonymous

    Jun 21

    Do we have to add the orange rind?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 23

      It’s optional…I like the flavor, but you don’t have to add it.

  36. David B

    Jun 21

    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

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 23

      Oh I hope your wife (and you) enjoy the pudding. And I hope she feels much better…send her my best, David.

  37. Alberto D. Parra

    Mar 28

    ¡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

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 29

      Uy mil gracias, Alberto!

  38. Anonymous

    Mar 04

    Hoy que hace mucho frio, se me antojo hacer arroz con leche. Nunca le he puesto cascara de naranja. Haber como queda.
    Noemi

    1. Pati

      Mar 07

      Provecho!

  39. Betty

    Jan 19

    Love your show, and all the recipes😋

    1. Pati

      Jan 21

      Thank you Betty!

  40. Jane C

    Dec 30

    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?)?

    1. Pati

      Jan 01

      Thank you Jane! You can put the rind in whole pieces and remove them and the cinnamon stick before serving. Enjoy!

  41. Toni Sorge

    Dec 28

    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

    1. Pati

      Dec 31

      Oh I’m happy that the recipes bring back good memories of your mom, Toni!

  42. Zeneca H Ford

    Dec 13

    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.

    1. Pati

      Dec 14

      Oh I’m so glad this brings back good memories, Zeneca.

  43. Jo Dean

    Dec 13

    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)

    1. Pati

      Dec 18

      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/

  44. Patricia

    Nov 20

    Hola Pati,
    After adding the remaining ingredients is the heat suppose to be medium/high to come to a boil then reduced to simmer?

    1. Pati

      Nov 26

      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.

  45. LOPEZ, MICHAEL

    Nov 17

    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.

    1. Pati

      Nov 19

      I’m sure it will Michael!

  46. Lupita

    Oct 18

    Querida Pati,
    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!

    1. Pati

      Oct 19

      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.

  47. Obed y chely

    Oct 17

    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

    1. Pati

      Oct 23

      Gracias Obed y Chely!

  48. Meza

    Oct 13

    Hi Patti!
    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!

    1. Pati

      Oct 14

      Oh I’m so glad that it reminds you of your mom…and that you can now make the dish, Meza 😉

  49. Janet Sedano

    Oct 06

    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! 🙂

    1. Pati

      Oct 08

      Have lots of fun in the kitchen, Janet! And say hi to your husband for me.

  50. Joss

    Oct 03

    We love your recipes Pati!

    1. Pati

      Oct 04

      Oh thank you Joss!

  51. Patricia

    Sep 29

    Thank you for this recipe. Sooo good

    1. Pati

      Oct 02

      So glad you like it Patricia.

  52. Tracie Moore

    Sep 25

    Do you groov grind the cinnamon stoc stick or is it left whole and then removed? Same question about the orange rib rind.
    Sounds yummy!

    1. Pati

      Oct 08

      You can if you want to…but you don’t have to, Tracie. I just leave mine whole and then remove them

  53. Irene

    Sep 24

    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.

    Thanks!

    1. Pati

      Oct 08

      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.

  54. María Lamar Ruíz

    Sep 23

    Un abrazo de San Antonio…

    ¡Mil gracias por tus recetas!

    1. Pati

      Oct 01

      Abrazos Maria…y San Antonio!

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