Rosa’s Arroz con Leche—Mexican Rice Pudding
- July 2021
- By Rosita Camarena
- Recipe from Mexico
This Mexican recipe for arroz con leche or rice pudding is a favorite dessert at the home of Rosa Camarena. Yes, the very same Doña Rosita who owns La Esperanza, a much-loved Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood—and the People’s Choice winner for best mole at Pilsen’s 2021 Mole de Mayo festival.
This is a family recipe she makes regularly for her daughter, who loves it with lots of cinnamon and duraznos or peaches on top. Rosita says you can alternatively use raisins, but she opts for peaches because “my daughter has never liked raisins.”
Rosita says she learned to cook back in Mexico, in her mother’s kitchen. “My mother is my cooking inspiration. She taught me to cook, and my older sister.” Offering good food to those in her community is a blessing and privilege, she says. “I’ve had this restaurant for 4 years …. God put this in my hands, this opportunity to have a restaurant and work hard to feed others.
We are honored to share this receta for arroz con leche, a traditional dessert served regularly on both Mexican and Latino tables. It takes us right back to childhood and to memories of dipping a spoon into a bowl of creamy, cinnamon-y rice pudding. Each bite was crunchy-soft, sweet, and just a bit savory. Arroz con leche is love in a bowl. 🍚 ❤️
Thank you for sharing this special family receta, Doña Rosita!
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You’ll be blown away by the rich flavors of this authentic Mexican rice pudding. It’s so yummy and easy to make and looks beautiful when dressed up with fruit or cinnamon sticks!