Arroz con Leche de Arequipe (Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding)

by Erica Dinho on July 23, 2012

Arroz con Leche de Arequipe (Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding)

I absolutely love this creamy dessert and I am always making different variations of my classic recipe.

My grandmother, my aunts and my mother each have their own recipe and each one is a little different. My grandmother, for example, used to add diced white cheese, butter and powdered milk to hers. One of my aunts added evaporated milk and heavy cream to her recipe.

However, the one that stood out every time, was my grandmother’s. It was a dreamy rice pudding, creamy, with a perfect balance of flavors.

Today I want to share another arroz con leche variation I made the other day using one of my favorite ingredients, Arequipe, or Dulce de Leche. It was sweet, creamy and delicious!

Buen provecho!

Arroz con Leche de Arequipe (Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding)



  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, washed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of sugar or more to taste
  • 1 (12 oz) can store-bought or homemade arequipe, plus more for serving

Arroz con Leche de Arequipe (Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding)


  1. Put the rice, water and cinnamon sticks in a medium pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, uncovered, reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the rice is tender, about 25 minutes. Discard the cinnamon sticks.
  3. Stir in the whole milk, evaporated milk, salt, vanilla, sugar, arequipe. Continue cooking over medium heat about 10 minutes more, stirring often.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick, about 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer the rice pudding to a serving bowl. Drizzle the top of the pudding with arequipe or dulce de leche and serve.
  6. Arroz con Leche de Arequipe (Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding)

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa July 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Sweet rice!! Who can resist?


2 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook July 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Rice pudding is a favorite with my family, too, and especially when it’s as creamy as yours. Topped with the sauce, I’d say fantastic.


3 Juliana July 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Erica, I love the idea of dulce de leche with the rice pudding…indeed a nice twist to the classic rice pudding.
Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :)


4 Angie@Angie's Recipes July 24, 2012 at 6:02 AM

wow this looks amazing! Anything with dulce de leche tastes heavenly!


5 Joanne July 24, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Rice pudding is one of my favorite desserts and dulce de leche can only make it better! Mmmm.


6 Mary July 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

What a delicious looking dish!!!! My husband loves rice pudding, and this looks like a winner!!!! Thank you for sharing this dish, and the beautiful photos!!!!


7 Mary July 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM

What a glorious sweet treat. These really sound delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary


8 grace July 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

the only rice pudding i’ve ever eaten was terrible, but i can tell by looking at this that it’d be delicious!


9 Lyndsey July 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Okay you really had me at dulce de leche…I’ve never been a rice pudding fan, but just looking at this one I want to jump right in! It looks delicious Erica!


10 Eva August 9, 2012 at 9:08 PM

This is one of my favorite desserts to make and everyone’s favorite to eat.thanks for the recipe.


11 Erica August 11, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Thank you,everyone!


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