Grandma's Atole de Arroz

December 8, 2016 |

  • Drinks
  • Treats

One of my favorite comfort foods growing up was my Grandma's traditional Atole de Arroz or what's more commonly known as Mexican Rice Pudding, which to me, just doesn't roll of the tongue quite the same.

Mexican Rice Pudding

I consider it more of a rice oatmeal than a pudding probably because every time we speak of pudding, I think of Chocolate Pudding - or Puddin' as Harley Quinn says to her love interest the Joker, in the Batman Series.

This atole de arroz is comfort in a cup, or bowl!  The rice is cooked with cinnamon and sugar to sweeten and flavor it. Then PET Evaporated Milk, 12 fl oz is added to make it rich and creamy. If you dare to be bold, add the raisins because…plump raisins happen to make everything better this time of year! It's really a simple recipe and there's not much to it but it will surely have you going back for another bowl! Make it on a cool, drizzly day like today and it is pure delight!

On a side note: Forgive the ginormous cinnamon stick in my picture.  As of late, all I find are this size :0)

In some Mexican Restaurants, this is served cold and I gotta say, I just don't like it.  Growing up, this was something you'd eat right after it was ready and to this day, it's the way it's served here in my home. What about you guys…Have you ever had this?  If so, how do you prefer to eat it?


  • 10 cups Water
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 12 oz can Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup Raisins (optional)


  1. In a large pot, bring water and cinnamon sticks to a boil.
  2. Add rice and reduce heat to medium. Let cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Add sugar and ground cinnamon. Stir and continue cooking, checking rice till done.
  4. When rice is done, add milk and raisins if using. Stir and continue to cook for 5 minutes longer.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool - It will be extremely hot so use caution.
  6. Enjoy.

This is perfect, not only for breakfast but anytime, any day It can also be made as a dessert on a cold night. Raisins are optional but they are wonderful in this. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon once served, if desired. Drizzle with honey once served, if desired.

Cori - xoxo