How to make Arroz con leche

Happy Monday! Thank you for your wonderful comments on my latest post about the overalls I’ve been loving lately! It feels so good to be back and share with you guys one of the recipes I’ve loved since I was a little girl, arroz con leche. With the holidays coming up, there is more time to spend with family, and there is definitely more time to cook some yummy recipes! I know I will be trying a lot of new recipes this month, and I am so excited to see how they turn out.

Arroz con leche means rice with milk.

And that is what it basically is, rice pudding. This is such a staple dessert in Latin American families, and in mine growing up, it was no different. I loved making it with my family, but never knew exactly how it was made. I like it when it’s warm and cold, but it is definitely better once it’s cold. We have it not just as a dessert but sometimes for breakfast as well. Honestly it’s just good at any time.

I finally was able to get the recipe from my mom, I’ve been wanting it for so long! I’m so happy to finally make it and for it to actually turn out so good, just like I remembered it. It’s so easy to make, and not too many ingredients.


-2 cups of water
-1 cup of white rice
-4-6 cups of milk
-1 cup pf sugar
-1 can of sweetened and condensed milk
-3 cinnamon sticks
-ground cinnamon (optional)
-1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)


 1. In a big pot, bring the water and the cinnamon sticks to a boil.
2. Add the rice, and bring to boil one more time.
3. Add 2 cups of milk, sugar, and the shredded coconut. Let it cook for 15 minutes uncovered.
4. Reduce the heat and add 2 cups of milk. Let it simmer for 45 mins to an hour until it has the consistency you like (for thicker arroz con leche allow more time for it to simmer)
5. Add the sweetened and condensed milk, let it cool and enjoy!


So here you have it! This is more of a Colombian arroz con leche recipe, but it is so worth trying it. Hope you enjoyed it, and let me know what you think! Thank you for stopping by as always.



24 Replies to “How to make Arroz con leche”

  1. This sounds amazing! When I a little girl my mom used to make us rice with milk and and sugar when we weren’t feeling well. I love the addition of coconut here.

  2. Can’t wait to try this!!! One of my favs! So comforting in the winter!

  3. Lindsey Schatz says: Reply

    This looks so yummy! This would be perfect for the holidays and those cold winter nights!

  4. This looks like such a yummy recipe! I just love arroz con leche!!

  5. this sounds so good! It looks like the perfect comfort food and perfect for this time of year!

  6. Oh, that looks yummy. I would have that for breakfast any day of the week. AND…I’m so glad you told me what it as!!!

  7. I’ve never had rice pudding before, but have always wanted to make it and try it. I have all the ingredients to make this, and think I might.

  8. My hubby would love this! He loves anything rice pudding related, and this sounds like such a special treat for the holidays!

  9. An awesome comfort food, especially on cold, snowy days. For when the kids come inside from sledding!

  10. Yum, I love rice pudding! I never tried to make it myself but I’m going to save this recipe and give it a try!

  11. my mom use to make the best recipe but I never got it, will have to give this one a try. thanks!

  12. I have never heard of this before! Seems really similar to what we refer to as creamy rice in our family but your recipe is a bit different. Would love to try!

  13. I wasn’t a fan of Rice pudding when I was younger, but as I have gotten older it’s become one of my favourites. I would love to try your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing

  14. This sounds really good I have never made rice milk. It looks really good and I have to try it.

  15. This is one of my husband’s comfort foods. My mom used to make it, too, but she always used 2% milk instead of cream or whole milk, so it lost a little something!

  16. I have never heard of this but it sounds amazing. I so want to try it now. Thanks for telling me about it.

  17. I haven’t had rice pudding in so long. It’s such a comfort food to eat, especially when you make it from scratch. Thanks for sharing your family recipe.

  18. This sounds amazing! I’ll definitely have to try this out sometime. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  19. I love that you added cinnamon on top, that definitely adds a depth of flavor. I think this dish would be a lovely breakfast or snack! I’m definitely going to give it a try.

  20. This looks delicious! I’ve never heard of this before but it looks delicious I would love to give it a try. Looks like a great recipe!

  21. I’ve never had arroz con leche before, but heard how it was a favorite amongst some of my friends when I was in college. I think that I would like to add coconut to this recipe.

  22. I have a friend who makes this and it is so good! I am happy to have a recipe for myself!

  23. That looks like pure comfort!!!! I feel like I would eat the whole bowl and be so happy LOL!

  24. I’ve never had it, but all of a sudden it’s all I want. You manage to make everything sound amazing 😊😊

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