Delicious and Easy Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding Recipe

I can already feel the warmth of the milk coating my tongue and taste the sweetness of the dulce de leche dancing on my buds. Today, I’m going to introduce you to one of my favorite desserts – Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding. This dessert is incredibly comforting and satisfying in every spoonful.

With just a few simple ingredients that are common enough to find in any grocery store, you can make this delightful treat at home with ease. Trust me; this dessert will have everyone thinking that you spent hours slaving away in the kitchen. With a little creativity, you could even achieve a Michelin-starred restaurant quality dessert from the comfort of your home.

So, if you’re looking for something sweet, delicious, and easy to make, then this Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding recipe is perfect for you! So, dust off your measuring cups and whip out your apron because it’s time to start cooking up some dessert magic together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding
Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding

Senor Rico’s Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding is the perfect combination of sweet and creamy in every spoonful. This dessert recipe is a mouth-watering blend of arroz con leche and dulce de leche, two staple desserts from different parts of the world. You’ll be transported to the Caribbean the moment you taste it.

What makes this recipe special is its simplicity. You only need a few affordable ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store. All you need is long-grain white rice, whole milk, cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, and dulce de leche. The ingredients come together to create a dessert unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before.

Plus, not only is it delicious, but it also makes for the perfect comfort food on a cold day. Imagine yourself snuggled up on your couch with a bowl of warm rice pudding, sprinkled with just the right amount of cinnamon. It’s an indulgence you deserve after a long day at work or anytime that you have a craving for something sweet.

And if you’re looking for versatility and customization in your desserts, Senor Rico’s Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding brings that too! You can always switch things up by using different kinds of rice or spicing it up with some cloves or nutmeg.

In short, this dessert puts other dishes to shame when it comes to taste and texture. You’ll love how easy it is to make and how much everyone will enjoy it. This dessert will soon become a staple in your kitchen – I promise!

Ingredient List

 Creamy, sweet, and indulgent - this Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding has it all!
Creamy, sweet, and indulgent – this Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding has it all!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding Recipe:
– 1 cup long-grain rice (referred to as Rico Rice or Senor Rico)
– 4 cups whole milk
– 2 cinnamon sticks (can substitute for ground cinnamon)
– 1 cup dulce de leche (made from condensed milk – Goya Dulce de Leche is a great option)
– 2 egg yolks
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup sugar
– Ground cinnamon, for garnish

– Water (if needed to cook the rice)
– Arborio rice can be used instead of long-grain white rice
– 2 cloves can be added for extra flavor
– Instead of dulce de leche, arroz con leche or arroz con dulce can be used

The Recipe How-To

 Dive into a bowl of this decadent pudding topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Dive into a bowl of this decadent pudding topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream.

Step 1: Rinse and Soak Rice

To start off, rinse the 1 cup of long-grain white rice a couple of times until you see the water is clear. Soak it for about 15 minutes in cold water.

Step 2: Boil Rice with Cinnamon Sticks

Pour 2 cups of water and 2 cups of whole milk 1 in a pot over high heat. Add 2 cinnamon sticks and bring everything to a boil.

Step 3: Cook Rice and Milk Solution

Once it reaches boiling point, drain the rice from the cold water by using a fine mesh strainer. Add your soaked rice into the pot with the boiling milk and water solution. Cover up and let it cook on medium-high heat.

Step 4: Stir Rinse Rice Mixture with Milk Cinnamon Mixtures

Prevent anything sticking to the bottom of the pot by giving it a stir every now and then until you see that the rice has absorbed almost all of the liquid, which should take around 25-30 minutes.

Step 5: Add Dulce de Leche

Once you are confident that your rice is tender enough, add the 1 cup of dulce de leche and continue mixing it with your rice.

Step 6: Thicken Pudding Mixture with Egg Yolks

In another bowl, whisk two egg yolks before gradually adding in 1/4 cup of sugar into this bowl. Then go ahead adding gradually some of the hot pudding mixture to this egg yolk / sugar mixture while whisking well to combine. Once finished, pour that mixture back into the milk-rice solution.

Step 7: Add Condensed Milk and Ground Cinnamon

Continuing mixing everything together, pour in 1 can (14oz) of condensed milk and give everything a gentle stir. Sprinkle in 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (or more, if you like it more cinnamon-y) and combine everything.

Step 8: Serve The Arroz con Leche Rice Pudding

Remove from the heat and let it cool down. Serve your tasty Arroz Con Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding topped with some extra cinnamon and enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 A classic Latin American dessert with a twist of vanilla and cinnamon in every bite.
A classic Latin American dessert with a twist of vanilla and cinnamon in every bite.

When it comes to rice pudding, there are quite a few options for substitutions and variations that you can make to suit your tastes or dietary restrictions. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Rice: While this recipe calls for long-grain white rice, you can also use other types of rice, such as arborio or basmati. Keep in mind that the cooking time may vary depending on the type of rice you use.

– Milk: You can use any type of milk you prefer, such as almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk, to make the recipe dairy-free.

– Sweeteners: If you don’t have dulce de leche on hand, you can substitute it with caramel sauce or sweetened condensed milk to achieve a similar taste. You can also use brown sugar, honey or maple syrup instead of granulated sugar in this recipe.

– Spices: Adding spices like nutmeg or cardamom to the recipe is an excellent way to create unique variations and levels of flavor.

Variations by region:

In different regions and countries, people have their own version of rice pudding — each that produces its distinct tastes.

– Arroz con Leche (Mexican Rice Pudding): This variation includes adding citrus zest and has a creamier texture than other varieties.

– Arroz con Dulce (Puerto Rican Rice Pudding): It’s a popular dessert in Puerto Rico which has exotic blends of spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger which provides it with a pleasant aroma.

– Spanish Arroz con Leche: This dish is often made with condensed milk for a thicker consistency compared to this recipe.

– Dominican Rice Pudding: This particular style typically features vanilla bean paste and the addition of raisins soaked in rum.

Experiment with these various changes and give different variations a try – you never know what new flavors might become your all-time favorites!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to fall in love with the smooth texture and rich flavor of this rice pudding.
Get ready to fall in love with the smooth texture and rich flavor of this rice pudding.

When it comes to serving and pairing, Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding is already a great dessert on its own. However, if you’re looking for additional flavors, consider adding some fresh fruits such as strawberries or raspberries on top of the pudding. These fruits provide a bright and refreshing complement to the creaminess of the rice pudding.

If you’re feeling indulgent, try serving the rice pudding with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an even richer treat. The combination of the warm, gooey pudding with the cool and creamy topping creates a mouthwatering contrast that is truly irresistible.

As for pairing with drinks, coffee or tea would be perfect companions for this dessert. A cup of freshly brewed coffee or a pot of your favorite tea will enhance the rich flavors of the rice pudding and create an enjoyable experience for your taste buds.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with serving Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding on its own or paired with these simple yet delightful additions. Happy eating!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Treat yourself to a delicious and comforting dessert that will warm your heart.
Treat yourself to a delicious and comforting dessert that will warm your heart.

When it comes to preparing rice pudding ahead of time, you can easily do so by making the recipe as normal, but not reheating it. Once the pudding has cooled, simply place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. When ready to serve, reheat the pudding on the stove or in the microwave until warm.

To avoid clumping and drying out, stir the pudding often during reheating. If you find that the pudding has become too thick after reheating, simply add some milk or cream to loosen it up.

Alternatively, if you plan on serving the rice pudding at a later date, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. For best results, it’s recommended that you portion out the pudding into individual servings before freezing. Just make sure to thaw it in the fridge overnight before reheating.

Lastly, when storing any leftover dulce de leche rice pudding in the fridge, be sure to transfer it to an airtight container. This ensures that your dessert stays fresh and doesn’t take on any refrigerator odors.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your guests with this elegant and irresistible dessert that's always a crowd-pleaser.
Impress your guests with this elegant and irresistible dessert that’s always a crowd-pleaser.

When it comes to making the perfect dulce de leche rice pudding, attention to detail is key. Here are some tips to ensure your pudding turns out perfectly every time.

First, use long-grain white rice for best results. Short-grain rice will result in a stickier pudding, and brown rice may take longer to cook and absorb the liquid.

Be sure to rinse your rice thoroughly before cooking it. This helps remove excess starch which can make your pudding too thick and sticky.

When cooking the pudding, it’s important to use medium-high heat at first to bring it up to a boiling point quickly. Once it reaches boiling point, reduce the heat to low or medium-low and let it simmer gently until the rice is tender and the liquid has thickened.

Stir often while cooking to prevent the pudding from sticking to the bottom of the pot or from over-cooking on one side.

If you find that your pudding is too thick or too sweet for your liking, you can add more milk or adjust the amount of sugar accordingly while still hot in small increments until you reach the desired consistency.

For extra creaminess, add some egg yolks towards the end of cooking time and incorporate them slowly while stirring constantly.

Finally, let your rice pudding rest uncovered for about 5-10 minutes after cooking so that it can thicken further and cool slightly before serving.


Now, let’s go through some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about this Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding Recipe. These are some of the most common questions that I get asked about this recipe, so hopefully, they will be helpful to you as well.

What is Mexican rice pudding made of?

Mexican Rice Pudding, also known as Arroz con Leche, is a delightful treat hailing from Mexico. It’s crafted using long-grain white rice, milk, sugar, and cinnamon sticks.

What’s the difference between arroz con dulce and arroz con leche?

When it comes to rice-based desserts, it’s important to know the distinctions between them. Arroz con dulce and arroz con leche have a few differences that set them apart. Arroz con dulce is made using short-grain rice and has a distinct flavor profile of coconut and spices. On the other hand, arroz con leche is made with long-grain rice and has a more traditional flavor profile of milk and sugar.

What is arroz con dulce made of?

This recipe for Arroz con Dulce is a delicious blend of creamy rice, warm spices, raisins, coconut, and sweet brown sugar. This traditional Puerto Rican rice pudding is a delectable dessert option packed with flavorful goodness.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you are looking for a delicious and irresistible dessert, this dulce de leche rice pudding recipe is just what you need. With its creamy texture and unique mix of flavors, it is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply craving something comforting, this recipe is sure to impress. So, don’t hesitate to try it out and indulge in the goodness of dulce de leche and long grain rice.

Remember, this recipe is highly customizable, so feel free to experiment with different ingredients and variations until you find the perfect combination that suits your taste buds. And always keep in mind the helpful tips and tricks I’ve shared with you to ensure perfect results every time.

So why wait? Visit your local grocery store, grab the ingredients listed above and get cooking! The end result will be worth it. Who knows? You might even impress your friends and family with your culinary skills.

Lastly, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this recipe, do not hesitate to refer back to the FAQ section of this article or contact me directly. Happy cooking!

Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding

Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding Recipe

Very easy recipe from Nestle.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin American
Calories 320.8 kcal


  • 8 cups milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 (13 1/2 ounce) can nestle la lechera dulce de leche


  • HEAT milk and cinnamon sticks in large saucepan over medium-high heat until it reaches a boil; remove cinnamon sticks. Reduce heat to medium-low; add rice. Cook, stirring frequently, for 15 to 20 minutes. Add dulce de leche; cook, stirring frequently, for 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and sauce is thickened. Garnish with sliced fresh fruit, if desired.

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Serving: 267gCalories: 320.8kcalCarbohydrates: 39.8gProtein: 12.9gFat: 12.1gSaturated Fat: 7.5gCholesterol: 45.5mgSodium: 161mgFiber: 0.4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Rice, Stove Top, Sweet
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.