Arroz con Leche


This Arroz con Leche is the Cuban version of rice pudding. It's richer and sweeter than regular rice pudding. Being Cuban myself, I prefer this version of this delicious dessert to any other. Before serving, sprinkle with cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick, for flair.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
10 servings


  • 2 ¼ cups water

  • 1 ½ cups short grain rice

  • 1 (1/4 inch x 3 inch) strip lime peel

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 tablespoons anise seed, crushed

  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk

  • 1 (14 ounce) can condensed milk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup raisins (Optional)


  1. Combine 2 1/4 cups of water, rice, and lime peel in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes until the rice is tender.

  2. While the rice is cooking, combine 1/2 cup of water, the cinnamon stick, and anise in another saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a low boil for 3 minutes, then remove saucepan from stove. Strain flavored water into a bowl and set aside, discarding cinnamon stick and anise pieces.

  3. After rice has simmered for 20 minutes, carefully remove the lime peel with a slotted spoon, and over low heat, gradually stir evaporated milk and condensed milk into the rice. Mix in the cinnamon and anise-flavored water, vanilla, and salt. Add raisins, if desired. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens, about 7 to 10 minutes.

  4. If the pudding is too watery after 10 minutes, turn up heat to medium-low and stir continuously. When pudding reaches desired consistency, remove from heat and pour into individual dishes, or a large bowl. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
6g Fat
59g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 222mg 17%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 388mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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