Traditional Holiday Recipe- Arroz con Leche


My favorite thing about the holidays are the traditions, both celebrating old ones and creating new ones. Being a Latina, most traditions are centered around food and family. Actually come to think about it, all of our traditions have something to do with food and/or family. Except one. There is one holiday tradition that my Grandmother insisted upon every year at Christmas. Every year, as all of us kids sat around waiting for midnight so we could open up presents, right at midnight. We passed around a doll, representing Baby Jesus that we all had to kiss before we were allowed to open presents. Now, as an adult, as silly as it may seem to some, it’s something that I will always remember doing as a child. I like that about traditions.


My grandma, the same one who insisted upon us kissing baby Jesus, was and still is an amazing cook. Just like most, if not all Mexican grandmothers are amazing cooks. My favorite dish of hers has always been her arroz con pollo, but everything she made always tasted perfect.

As fantastic as a cook my grandma was/is, she never made many desserts. In fact, the only dessert she ever made was arroz con leche and she would without a doubt, make enough for a small army. Or, I guess enough for all of our family, which at one point was roughly the same size as a small army.


So, in honor of my grandma and her holiday traditions today I’m sharing my adapted recipe for arroz con leche.

Here’s what you’ll need

Yields 4-6 servings

  • 1 cup of rice

  • 2 ½ cups of water

  • 1 can Evaporated Milk

  • 1 can Condensed Milk

  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks

  • 1 Small Piloncillo (Unrefined pure cane sugar, in the form of cones)


Step 1: Rinse the cup of rice thoroughly and drain.

Step 2: Add 1 cup of rinsed rice, 2 ½ cups of water, 2 Cinnamon sticks and 1 small Piloncillo to a medium pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, making sure it does not overboil. The piloncillo will dissolve into the water.


Step 3: When it reaches boiling, lower the heat and cover for about 10-15 minutes or until the rice is tender, then remove the cinnamon sticks.


Step 4: In a bowl mix together the condensed milk and the evaporated milk and pour it into the cooked rice and stir over low heat.

Step 5: Serve warm and top with a little dash of cinnamon.


The holidays are all about traditions and I am actually really excited about adding this latest movie to our holiday traditions. Everyone knows the story behind the first Christmas and I love that in the new movie, The Star, the story is being told from the point of view of the animals. This one is going to be a classic, the kids will love it and I can't wait to see it. 

In Sony Pictures Animation's The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life
beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

#TheStarMovie is out in theaters NOVEMBER 17TH