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Cremoso Arroz Con Leche - Mexican Rice Pudding

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Arroz con leche or Mexican rice pudding is a super easy to make dessert or snack. You can serve this creamy dish either warmed up or cold, which makes it a delicious choice for just about any time of year. With a little creativity, you can easily add new flavors to the pudding to customize it to your family’s tastes.

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Arroz con leche / Mexican rice pudding / Spanish rice pudding

What is Arroz Con Leche Mexicano?

 "Cremoso" is the Spanish word for Creamy ,"Arroz" is the Spanish word for Rice , "Leche" is the Spanish word for Milk . Put ’em together and you’ve got Mexican version of rice pudding. It combines rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon to create a sweet, refreshing dessert. 

You can eat it hot and fresh, warmed up, or cold from the fridge if you like. It is super easy to make with the Instant Pot and needs very little prep work.

How is Arroz Con Leche different from Rice Pudding?

While Arroz Con leche is a very simple recipe, the recipe varies based on the ingredients and the quantity used. Some use more water, some use condensed milk and evaporated milk. Using cinnamon also adds a different flavor and warmth to the Arroz Con Leche recipe. The Spanish version uses little water and milk to cook the rice, condensed milk to sweeten the pudding and vanilla to add flavor. 

Arroz con leche / Mexican rice pudding / Spanish rice pudding

🥘Ingredients needed to make Arroz Con Leches

When you make arroz con leche, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Milk  - Whole milk works best, but you could use reduced fat versions. It may not be as creamy and may be a bit more watery if you do though.
  • Water
  • Salt - You don’t not need much, this just helps to bring out the flavors a bit.
  • Long-grain white rice - You can use your preferred long-grain rice, just make sure to rinse it first to remove extra starch and debris.
  • Vanilla extract - We like using real vanilla, but you could use imitation if you prefer.
  • Sweetened condensed milk - This helps sweeten and thicken the pudding.

For an optional garnish, you’ll want to also have the following on hand:

  • Cinnamon powder
  • Chopped pecans - You could use a different nut if you prefer.
  • Raisins - Another dried fruit can also taste good with this.

🔪How to make Arroz con Leche in an Instant Pot

The following steps explain how to make arroz con leche in the Instant Pot. Here’s what you need to do:

Arroz con leche / Mexican rice pudding / Spanish rice pudding

  • First, pour the water, milk, and salt into the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
  • Next, add in the rice and let it sit.
  • Once the rice is in, close and lock the lid. Move the seal to the “Sealing” position to trap in the pressure..
  • Press “Porridge” and give it a few minutes to come up to pressure. 

Arroz con leche / Mexican rice pudding / Spanish rice pudding

  • When the timer goes off, allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for about 10 minutes and then do a quick release of the remaining pressure.
  • After the pressure valve has dropped, open the lid and pour in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and stir until combined.

💭Tips & Pro Tips

When you make arroz con leche, follow these tips for the best results:

  • Rinse and wash the rice well to remove the starch. If you don’t, the rice will become very dense & sticky. This is the secret to creamy, soft rice pudding my friends!
  • Letting the pressure release naturally in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes is very important to create the perfect consistency.

Arroz con leche / Mexican rice pudding / Spanish rice pudding

How to serve

Mexican rice pudding makes a great sweet snack or dessert. You can serve it either warm or cold. This makes it a great pick on either a cold day, since it can help warm you up, or on a hot day, since it can help cool you down.

You can also make substitutions and changes in flavors easily with the addition or removal of different ingredients.

📖Substitutions & Toppings

Arroz con leche has a mild, sweet flavor, which makes it easy to add new flavors to it. Here are some suggestions for toppings and substitutions:

  • Your favorite berries like raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries
  • Dried fruits such as pineapple, apples, or your favorite
  • Mix in some chocolate powder for a chocolatey rice pudding

Arroz con leche / Mexican rice pudding / Spanish rice pudding

How to store

You can store rice pudding by allowing it to cool and then scooping it into an airtight container. Once transferred, place the pudding in the fridge and store for up to 5 days. You can serve the pudding cold from the fridge or warm it up before serving.

How do I warm up the arroz con leche after it has been refrigerated?

If you like warm arroz con leche, you can easily warm it up using the microwave. All you need to do is place it in a microwave safe bowl and then head for about a minute or until warmed through. 

If it is too thick, you can pour in a small amount of milk to thin it out a bit. You may need to mix the pudding and then reheat for another few seconds to ensure even cooking.

Arroz con leche / Mexican rice pudding / Spanish rice pudding

Can arroz con leche be left out overnight?

We recommend putting the arroz con leche in the fridge to store. This contains milk, which can spoil on the counter, particularly in warm climates.

💭What type of rice to use for Arroz Con Leche / Mexican Rice Pudding

When you make arroz con leche, you will want to use long grain white rice. This produces the right texture for the pudding. You could use either basmati or jasmine white rice for this recipe.

Arroz con leche / Mexican rice pudding / Spanish rice pudding

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Arroz con leche / Mexican rice pudding / Spanish rice pudding

Cremoso Arroz Con Leche - Mexican Rice Pudding

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Arroz con leche or Mexican rice pudding is a super easy to make dessert or snack. You can serve this creamy dish either warmed up or cold, which makes it a delicious choice for just about any time of year. With a little creativity, you can easily add new flavors to the pudding to customize it to your family’s tastes.

Ingredients

  • Milk (whole milk preferred) - 2 cups
  • Water - 1-1/4 cups
  • Salt - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Long-grain white rice (rinsed) - 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
  • Sweetened condensed milk - 1 (14-ounce) can

Garnish

  • Cinnamon powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Chopped pecans (optional) - 1/4 cup
  • Raisins (optional) - 1/4 cup

Instructions

  1. First, pour the water, milk, and salt into the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
  2. Next, add in the rice and let it sit.
  3. Once the rice is in, close and lock the lid. Move the seal to the “Sealing” position to trap in the pressure..
  4. Press “Porridge” and give it a few minutes to come up to pressure for 20 minutes. 
  5. When the timer goes off, allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for about 10 minutes and then do a quick release of the remaining pressure.
  6. After the pressure valve has dropped, open the lid and pour in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and stir until combined.

Notes

When you make arroz con leche, follow these tips for the best results:

  • Rinse and wash the rice well to remove the starch. If you don’t, the rice will become very dense & sticky. This is the secret to creamy, soft rice pudding my friends!
  • Letting the pressure release naturally in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes is very important to create the perfect consistency.

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Silvana

Monday 28th of March 2022

Excellent recipe with many great tips ! Only in place of vanilla I used orange blossom water and less condensed milk but added evaporated milk to make it less thick as I dodn't rinse the rice well, was super tasty ! Thank you for sharing your recipe ♡

Diane

Friday 25th of March 2022

Can you give directions without using instant pot?

TCoe

Friday 25th of March 2022

How long do you sent the IP for - even on Porridge - it only says give it a few minutes to come to pressure - do you just listen for it to stop making the sound?

Soniya Saluja

Saturday 26th of March 2022

Hi Tcoe, it's 20 minutes porridge mode

Diana

Friday 25th of March 2022

My IP doesn't have the "Porridge" setting. How long do I pressure cook it? This recipe sounds wonderful and I need to try it!

Kristina Wilson

Friday 25th of March 2022

@Diana, mine has a porridge option. When I hit the porridge option it shows 0mins. So it's just the time for it to pressurize.

SAVITA

Friday 25th of March 2022

The rice pudding looks too good. Loved the recipe.

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