Mango-Horchata Rice Pudding (Arroz con Leche)


Rice pudding can be exciting! Sweetened condensed milk, mango, and raisins sweeten up this Arroz con leche. After one bite, this will become your new go-to Mexican dessert recipe.

Mango-Horchata Rice Pudding (Arroz con Leche)
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
24 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 39 mins


  • 1 vanilla bean or 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 4 cup horchata* or whole milk**

  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice or long grain white rice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 small ripe mango, peeled, seeded, and chopped

  • ½ cup golden raisins

  • 1 - 2 tablespoon horchata* or whole milk (optional)

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted

  • Ground canela (Mexican cinnamon) or cinnamon


  1. If using a vanilla bean, use a paring knife to cut bean in half lengthwise. Scrape the tiny seeds into a small bowl.

  2. In a large nonstick saucepan bring the 4 cups horchata just to boiling; stir in uncooked rice, vanilla bean and seeds, and cardamom. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes or until most of the horchata is absorbed and the rice is tender, stirring frequently. Discard vanilla bean.

  3. Stir in sweetened condensed milk, mango, and raisins. Return to simmering. Cook, uncovered, for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract, if using. Let mixture cool to room temperature (mixture will thicken as it cools). Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. Before serving, if necessary, add enough of the 1 to 2 tablespoons horchata or milk to make pudding reach the desired consistency. Top with toasted almonds and sprinkle with ground canela.


Horchata, a popular beverage in Mexico, can be purchased in Mexican and Latin American markets. Although ingredients vary, it is usually made with rice and cinnamon and often contains ground almonds, sesame seeds, or tigernuts.


If using whole milk, add 4 inches stick cinnamon along with the milk. Discard stick cinnamon along with the vanilla bean.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
6g Fat
70g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Total Sugars 47g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 7.7mg 39%
Calcium 161.5mg 12%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 296mg 6%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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