Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche (Rice Pudding)

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Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche is a quick and easy way to indulge in a traditional sweet treat. This recipe comes together so easily, and with just a few everyday ingredients. You will love this deliciously comforting and satisfying Instant Pot Rice Pudding!  Suitable for Gluten-free diet. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

two servings of Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche (rice pudding) served with gold spoons and cinnamon sticks

Spanish for ‘rice with milk’, Arroz Con Leche is the Latin version of rice pudding. And peeps, I looooooove rice pudding. It is absolutely one of my favourite desserts.

Rice is already one of my desert island takes. And rice pudding is rice only creamier and sweeter, so all the better.

My partner on the other hand is not much of a fan. But I am working on him. And this recipe for Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche just might help me get a little closer to winning him over.

The Instant Pot makes easy work of so many recipes, and Mexican Arroz Con Leche is definitely one of them. Making it on the stovetop can be laborious and time-consuming, but this is pretty much a dump and start recipe.

Just toss all of the ingredients into your Instant Pot except for the condensed milk, which you simply stir in after the cook time is complete. Soooooo easy.

If you like this you might like Instant Pot Crème Brûlée and this delicious Instant Pot Brownies.

Two servings of Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche with gold spoons set in front of the Instant Pot

Why Make This Recipe

  • Plus you can make Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche ahead of time, which makes it ideal for entertaining. Yeap. You can store this in the refrigerator for a couple of days, then pull it out when needed.
  • Want to treat a crowd to creamy and delectable eat. No problem. Just double this recipe and prepare to dazzle your guests with this deliciously creamy sweet treat.
  • It is made with every day budget friendly pantry staples and refrigerator ingredients you already own. No need to go to the grocery store.
  • It id quick and easy to cook in one pot.
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Ingredient Notes

  • Rice – this recipe calls for uncooked long grain rice basmati rice, washed and drained
  • Milk – this recipe uses almond milk but if not dairy free you can use other milks like whole milk.
  • Water – needs cup (250ml) water
  • Sweetener – this recipe calls for you to use your favorite maple syrup to add sweetness. You can use some granulated sugar instead.
  • Spices and aromatics -this recipe is completed by a combination of vanilla extract,  ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to your taste. The perfect additions to this dish.
  • Sweetened condensed milk non dairy, (like sweetened condensed coconut milk) but if not vegan then use regular condensed milk.

So, are you ready to learn how to make Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche? Gather up all the ingredients and I will show you….

How To Make Instant Pot Rice Pudding

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Add the ingredients from rinsed rice to nutmeg into the Instant pot insert.
  2. Cover, set vent to sealing position and then press the porridge function. This setting automatically cooks for 20 minutes.
  3. When finished cooking, Allow for a NPR (natural release) for 10 minutes and then perform a quick release remaining pressure (QPR) to release the remaining pressure.
  4. Open the lid and add sweetened condensed milk until well combined.
  5. Serve warm or cold with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
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Tips for Making Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche

  • Rinsing the rice before cooking is not mandatory, but it will result in a silkier texture.
  • This recipe is vegan, but you can easily adapt it to be non-vegan by using regular whole milk and regular condensed milk. Other dairy milks work too. Skim milk will not be creamy enough so use the higher fat content for a creamier pudding if you can.
  • Enjoy it as dessert, or why not have it for breakfast as I love to do. It is suuuuuch a delicious way to start the day.
  • You can easily double the batch as long as the ingredients fit below the fill line of the Instant Pot insert.
  • The cooking time listed does not include time for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure, or for the pressure to release.

How to Customise Mexican Rice Pudding

Mexican Arroz con Leche is such a great dish because it is almost endlessly customisable. You can enjoy it in its most simple form, or go all out with various flavourings and all sorts of toppings.

I suggest trying different variations to see what works best for the different taste preferences of you and your family. Here are some suggestions on how to customise your Arroz Con Leche:

  • Many of the traditional cooked Mexican Arroz Con Leche recipes include raisins. But for a fun variation, try swapping the raisins for dried cranberries or blueberries. Or go for a dried fruit mixture.
  • To really change up the flavour, stir in chocolate sauce, peanut butter or dulce de leche. Stir in some evaporated milk too.
  • Topping it with fresh fruit and berries is also delightful. Serve with slices of apple, mango, pear or strawberries and zested lemon peel. I love topping with golden raisins.
  • Shredded coconut gives it a fun tropical flavour.
  • Chopped nuts provide nice texture and crunch and give your rice pudding some added protein.
  • Brown sugar adds crunch and flavor.
  • You can change up the spices by swapping the cinnamon for cardamom, or adding ground ginger and cloves, which is especially lovely for serving at Christmas.
  • Adding some fresh lemon zest or orange zest provides a bright and fresh citrus flavour.
Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche served in a glass with a gold spoon and cinnamon stick

FAQs

What Type of Rice is Best for Making Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding?

Latin Arroz Con Leche is typically made using short grain white rice because the higher starch content results in an extra creamy texture. The most common variety used for this dish is referred to as Bomba or Valencia rice.

However, I used Basmati rice for this recipe (since that is what I had on hand) and the results were amaaaaaazing.

Other types of rice like medium grain rice etc are well suited for making this include Arborio rice, Jasmine, brown rice, and even Japanese sushi rice or Thai sticky rice.

But be aware that changing the rice will most likely result in you having the change the liquid ratio.

Is Arroz Con Leche Served Hot or Cold?

In a word: both! One of best things about this easy rice pudding is it’s equally delicious served hot or cold.

During the frigid winter, serving up a warm and comforting bowl is just the thing. But if it’s hot outside, there is nothing better than a refreshingly chilled Arroz Con Leche to cool you off.

What Is Arroz Con Leche?

This is essentially rice with milk, which can be a dessert, cream snack or a fun breakfast. Various places have their own version of it with spices and sweeteners, but rice and milk are the main things.

Storage

Storage – Keep cooled treat in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to 4 days, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 13 Blue Plan Smart Points in a serving of Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche.

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two servings of Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche (rice pudding) served with gold spoons and cinnamon sticks
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Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche

Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche is a classic, comforting dish that is sure to satisfy.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 8
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (180g) uncooked basmati rice, washed and drained
  • 2 1/2 cup (600ml) almond milk
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon or ground cardamom, to your taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk non dairy, but if not vegan then use regular milk + regular condensed milk.

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients from rice through nutmeg into the Instant pot insert.
  • Cover, set vent to sealing position, and then press the porridge button. This setting automatically cooks for 20 mins.
  • Allow for a NPR (natural pressure release) for 10 mins and then perform a quick pressure release (QPR).
  • Open the lid and stir in the condensed milk until well combined.
  • Serve warm or cold with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
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Notes

Tips for Making Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche
  • Rinsing the rice before cooking is not mandatory, but it will result in a silkier texture.
  • This recipe is vegan, but you can easily adapt it to be non-vegan by using regular whole milk and regular condensed milk. Other dairy milks work too.
  • Enjoy it as dessert, or why not have it for breakfast like I love to do. It is suuuuuch a delicious way to start the day.
  • You can change up the spices by swapping the cinnamon for cardamom (which I love) or adding ground ginger and cloves, which is especially lovely for serving at Christmas.
  • Adding some fresh lemon or orange zest provides a bright and fresh citrus flavour.
Weight Watchers Points 
There are 13 Freestyle Points in a serving of Instant Pot Arroz Con Leche.

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 0.3mg

 

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  1. I used white Basmati rice with freshly ground cardamom and it was so good! Made my own non-dairy condensed milk using canned coconut milk and honey. Super easy, will definitely be making this again.

  2. What is “non dairy sweet and condensed milk?” Would a can of coconut milk work?
    Thank you!

    1. There is coconut condensed milk that is non dairy, there are also recipes online to make your own non-dairy sweetened condensed milk.. It is super thick and sweet, so it is not the same as regular canned coconut milk.