Favorite Holiday Milk Recipes – Arroz Con Leche | Rice With Milk

It’s November and I’m starting to get into the holiday spirit. I love everything about the holidays.  The people, the holiday aromas, the music and especially the food.  I have fond childhood memories of my mother making  us delicious milk recipes during the holidays including:  Horchata (Rice Water),  Atole (Mexican Milk Beverage), Chocolate Abuelita (Mexican Hot Chocolate) and Arroz con Leche (Rice and Milk).

I also recall a Spanish Children’s song we would sing when we made this traditional recipe:

Arroz con leche
Me quiero casar
Con una señorita
que sepa bailar.

This song brings back positive memories of my childhood.  It’s so silly, but I still enjoy singing this song today.

The translation is very simple:

Rice With Milk
I want to get married
To a lady
Who knows how to dance.

As I raise a family of my own, I have incorporated many of the traditional milk recipes in my families diet to ensure that we get a balanced intake of milk.  These recipes are delicious and are also a creative way to incorporate milk in your family’s daily diet.  The benefits of milk include strong nails, beautiful hair and healthy skin.  I’m fortunate that I have been able to make many of my mother’s homemade recipes in my home, especially, Arroz con Leche.

Arroz Con Leche

The smell of warm milk, rice & cinnamon has always been a way of bringing comfort into our home and makes each and every one of my family members feel very special.  I say the words, “Arroz Con Leche”,  and it puts a smile on my family’s face.  It’s like serving a bowl of love.

Arroz Con Leche Recipe

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup rice, short or medium grain
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • butter for topping *optional
  • 1/4 cup raisins *optional

Bring water & cinnamon sticks to a slow simmer in a large pot, over medium/low heat. Stir in milk, add in rice and barely simmer, uncovered, until rice is softened which should be about 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally. When rice is soft, remove cinnamon sticks and stir in condensed milk, vanilla and salt. Return to a slight simmer and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until there is a liquid-like consistency. Serve hot, topped with additional milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Butter or raisins is optional.

Arroz Con Leche

Question: How do you creatively incorporate milk into your family’s diet?  What are your favorite milk recipes?

Eva Smith

Publisher at Tech Life Magazine
Eva is an award winning entrepreneur and Publisher of Tech Life Magazine. She has been recognized by Ford Motor Company as a Mujer Legendaria Inteligente (Smart Entrepreneur), USA Today Magazine as a Top Blogger to Watch and Latina Magazine as a Top 25 Latinas Who Shine in Technology. Her work has also been featured on Mashable, Mom.me, Babble, Baby Center, Latinamom.me, USA Today, Latina Magazine, Huffington Post, National Parks Services, Voxxi, NBC Latino, Rolling Stone Magazine & more.She is technologist, engineer, bilingual freelance writer, speaker and digital media consultant.


  1. Que delicia! Ha sido uno de mis postres favoritos desde que era pequena!


  2. Christine Castaneda says:

    Buenisimo. My daughter loves Arroz con Leche. Going to try your recipe Eva.

  3. Me encanta, esta receta y yo que pensaba que era complicadisimo hacer el arroz con leche. Ahora si no tengo excusa! Saludos!

  4. Great recipe! I am going to try and make this for my son. And if he doesn’t like it, I am sure my husband will 🙂

  5. great recipe! I’m going to try and make this for my son, and if he doesn’t it I am sure my husband will 🙂

  6. I just recently made some for the first time and I loved it. I made mine with a combo of brown and white rice. It was so good. Love me some arroz con leche.

  7. My favorite dessert ever! My mami’s is to die for. It’s always so interesting to see other people’s recipes. So hungry now =)

  8. thanks Eva, my BF loves arroz con leche. going to try this recipe for him.

  9. Love it! We drink milk on a regular basis. My kids usually have a glass for breakfast and sometimes dinner. I sometimes add it to their hot chocolate and oatmeal.

    The arroz con leche brings back such sweet memories. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Love, love, LOVE arroz con leche! It’s the ultimate comfort food in our house. And I sing that same song every time I make it. 🙂

  11. Love seeing your recipe and that of others. So interesting to see how everyone does theirs just a little bit differently! 🙂 I just bought rice and whole milk the other day to make a batch for my dad because it’s his absolute favorite dessert.


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