Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding

The pudding of pure dulce de leche flavor. There are people who either love or can’t stand the rice puddings. But there’s a chance for the latter to be converted if they try this particular one (I happened to witness such a miracle the other day).

Makes about 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 can homemade dulce de leche or store-bought
  • 3 cups low fat (2%) milk (or more to taste)
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup arborio rice
  • 1 tbsp dark rum
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks, for serving (the pudding is sweet, I find it’s unnecessary to add any sugar to the cream)
  • Mexican chocolate, finely chopped, for sprinkling (optional, but so good)


In a heavy saucepan, combine the dolce de leche, milk, cinnamon stick, and salt. Heat over medium heat, whisking, just until the dolce de leche is dissolved. Give it a taste now. If you find the mixture too sweet, add another cup of milk (or start with a half-cup). Add ½ cup of rice to the milk (add 1 tbsp of rice to each additional half-cup of milk added earlier). Switch to a wooden spoon and, stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, stirring often, for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the rice is very tender and the mixture is thickened but still soupy. If you plan to serve the pudding warm, you might want to cook it a bit longer (about 5 minutes more) to make it slightly thicker. Take the saucepan off the heat, discard the cinnamon stick, stir in the rum and vanilla extract. Transfer the pudding to a medium stainless steel bowl and place the bowl into an ice-cold water bath to cool the pudding quicker. Stir constantly if you don’t want skin to form. Once cooled, cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly over the surface and refrigerate until cold.

To serve, divide the pudding between the serving bowls and top with the whipped cream (or just pour the cream over without whipping). Sprinkle with the Mexican chocolate and serve.

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27 Responses to “Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding”

  1. A great combination! That rice pudding is just so irresistible.



  2. I just made dulce de leche for the first time, and this rice pudding it’s just what I needed :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Just woke up & already you made me start thinking about desserts ;-)

    I love dulce de leche; it’s one of my overly sweet guilty pleasures… in Argentina they sell light dulce de leche which is still sweet & yummy! Wish we had that too, here in the Netherlands. I’m sure I would love this rice pudding!

  4. My oh my…I do believe your assertation of people’s conversion to rice pudding is absolutely correct. This looks divine!

  5. Molto delizioso, ciao

  6. This looks too luscious. I especially like the chopped chocolate garnish.

  7. I love rice pudding but I have never tried it with dulce de leche.. I think this will be heavenly…will have to add condenced milk to my shopping list this weekend..
    Sorry if this is not the right place to ask..but I wanted to inquire about the type of camera you use..
    My camera broke and I want to get a new one and I don’t know what to get..
    I would appreciate any advice you can give me about that

  8. I like rice pudding but my hubs doesn’t. He thinks it’s weird to have sweet rice.

  9. Looks absolutely delicious. I love dulce de leche. Thanks! Have a nice week-end.

  10. Oh, yum! I’ve been thinking about making some rice pudding lately. This recipe looks better than the one I usually make. I’m bookmarking it for when the craving strikes again :)

  11. Ohhh I love love love rice puddings…and I love dulce de leche. Its a win win situation!

  12. Thank you everyone for your nice comments!

    Sawsan, I shoot with an old Canon 450D camera, I guess they don’t make them anymore. I would go with any DSLR camera you feel would work the best for you.

  13. Thank you Vera :)

  14. Love this recipe, look amazing, gloria

  15. Hi, can you please give me a measurement (cups/grams etc) for the dulce de leche for this recipe? I have a jar in the fridge that my sister brought back from Brazil, but it’s quite large, so how much should I measure outt?

  16. This looks amazing!! Get photo, also.

  17. Eva, there are 14 oz (397gr) in a can of condensed milk.

    Gloria, Sandy, thank you!

  18. I just found this site and it’s awesome cannot wait to try your recipes…

  19. What an interesting combination! I love how there’s cinnamon in it, definitely adds depth to the flavor. And wow, that picture made my mouth water!

  20. Wow, what a great idea. Two great things that have got to be great together. I must try this.

  21. Haven’t tried dulce de leche. Your photo is absolutely visually appealing. It makes me want to try this now.

  22. This looks too yummy and gorgeous
    very lovely blog and pics too

  23. This looks appealing!

  24. Veeeeeeeeeery nice recipe! As my husband is Argentinian he loves Dulce de leche. Therefore I will try it out for sure! Thank you very much and by the way: your blog is just amazing! Cheers from Switzerland!

  25. Lori, thank you!

  26. harika bir şey olmuş…

  27. This insanely sweet! I made my d-d-l from sweetened condensed milk, maybe that is sweeter than jarred. Anyway, I adding more and more milk and rice to cut the sweetness. In the end, some rice was overcooked and some crunchy. So, I mixed in whipped cream and blended until it became more like butterscotch pudding. I also put in grated coffee bean and nutmeg. It was a big hit.

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