The Best Senor Rico Rice Pudding (Copycat Recipe)


Senor Rico Rice Pudding

Senor Rico Rice Pudding is a delicious treat, but have you tried making this homemade rice pudding?  The process of making it is easy, and it will make enough to feed a group of people, if desired, or you can save some for later. Learn all about how to make it, with our delicious recipe. 

Senior Rico rice pudding

Señor Rico Rice Pudding – Arroz con Lech

Senor Rico Rice Pudding is a type of Mexican rice pudding, also known as Arroz con Lech. This rice pudding is fabulous. It is a mixture of milk, rice, sugar and other ingredients to add flavoring. This rice pudding can be purchased in individual serving cups from your grocery store, or it can be easily made at home. 

Senor Rico Rice Pudding Cup

If you are looking for rice pudding at your local grocery store, it will most likely be sold in individual cups, or a small tub in the refrigerated section. However, instead of buying it, the process for making this amazing rice pudding is very easy. You will also be rewarded by making your own Mexican style rice pudding at home. The result is a creamy deliciousness that your tastebuds will adore. Let’s take a look at what you will need in order to make your own delicious copycat recipe for Senior Rico Rice Pudding. 

Senor Rico Rice Pudding Recipe Ingredients

Half and Half
Evaporated Milk

Senor Rico Rice Pudding Recipe Instructions

To make this delicious rice pudding you will need a large soup pot. In the pot, over medium heat, you are going to combine your rice, sugar, half and half, evaporated milk, water, butter, and salt. Allow for these ingredients to come to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring frequently. 

After 45 minutes has passed, your pudding should have begun to thicken, and your rice should be soft. In a large mixing cup, add your eggs, and combine with warm water. Whisk together, then mix into your pot of rice. Add in vanilla and remove from the heat. 

Now that you know the basics, let’s jump into the full recipe below. Later on, we will cover some helpful tips and tricks for making rice pudding at home. 

Senor Rico Rice Pudding Homemade Recipe


Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10
Units: U.S.


2 cups rice
2 cups sugar
2 quarts half and half
2 quarts water
1 can evaporated milk
½ cup butter
1 tsp salt
4 eggs with water to equal 2 cups
2 tsp vanilla
Lemon zest to taste, optional
Cinnamon to sprinkle on top
1 cup raisins, optional 


Step 1: Simmer

In a large soup pot, combine rice, sugar, half and half, evaporated milk, water, butter, and salt. Allow the mixture to simmer for 45 minutes, over low heat, stirring frequently. 

Step 2: Temper Eggs

In a large measuring cup, combine eggs and 2 cups of warm water. Whisk to combine. Temper the eggs by adding a scoop of the hot rice mixture into the water. Whisk it together. Repeat once more, then slowly pour the egg mixture into the pot of rice. Stir while you are pouring to be sure it is getting mixed in right away. Be careful to not skip this step or you will end up with chunks of eggs in your pudding. 

Step 3: Vanilla

Add your vanilla and stir to combine. Add raisins, and lemon zest, if desired, and thoroughly mix in. Allow the rice pudding to simmer for 5-8 more minutes after eggs have been added to be completely sure they have been cooked. Remove your pan from the heat. Pour into serving dishes or a storage container. 

Step 4: Hint

When you first remove the rice pudding from the burner, it may appear to have a bit of. extra liquid. However, once you allow it to sit and cool off, your rice pudding will set up and the extra liquid will evaporate. 

Step 5: Serve

Once your rice pudding has cooled, you can place it into an airtight container to store in the fridge, or you may serve the pudding while it is still hot. If desired, sprinkle the top of your serving dishes with cinnamon, serve warm or cold, and enjoy! 


Half and Half. If you desire to substitute milk for the half and half, for a lower fat content, this can definitely be done in a 1:1 substitution. This will not impact your rice pudding in any way other than decreasing calories and fat content. 

Rice. Long grain or regular rice may be used for this recipe. However, instant or five-minute rice, should NOT be used for this recipe, as your pudding will become too mushy and the texture will be off. 

Quick Facts

This recipe is naturally gluten-free. 


If you require any special dietary needs, please be sure to substitute ingredients as needed to fit your dietary needs. 


This recipe contains dairy and eggs. 

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Per Serving

One serving is estimated to contain approximately 694 calories. It is also estimated to contain approximately 36.1 g total fat, 172 mg cholesterol, 449 mg sodium, 81.1 g total carbohydrates, and 13.2 g protein.

Amount per serving 
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36.1g46%
Saturated Fat 21.9g110%
Cholesterol 172mg57%
Sodium 449mg20%
Total Carbohydrate 81.9g30%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g2%
Total Sugars 44.4g 
Protein 13.2g 
Vitamin D 13mcg63%
Calcium 329mg25%
Iron 2mg12%
Potassium 436mg


This pudding has weaknesses in that it has a high-fat content, high cholesterol, and higher calorie content. 


The benefits of this rice pudding is that it is high in protein, high in vitamin D, high in calcium, and also contains iron and potassium. 


Where can I buy Senor Rico rice pudding?

Most larger chain grocery stores carry Senor Rico in their cooler sections. They are typically in a four-pack of individual serving sizes, or a tub of pudding. 

What is the best kind of rice for Senor Rico rice pudding?

The best kind of rice to use when making Senor Rico rice pudding is either long grain or normal rice. You will not want to use any kind of instant rice. 

Is Rice Pudding good for your health?

As a dessert on occasion, rice pudding is not too terrible for you to enjoy but might not be the best if eaten on a daily basis. Rice pudding contains 63% of your daily value for vitamin D, 25% of your daily value for Calcium, and 13.2g of protein. 

What is the tastiest rice?

The rice with the most flavor is usually Basmati rice, which is most often used for Indian or Asian dishes. However, for making rice pudding, your average long-grain enriched white rice will work wonderfully. 

What is the most expensive rice?

Kinmemai Premium is known as being the world’s most expensive rice. Its value was $109 USD per kilogram. 

How do you soften rice for Senor Rico rice pudding?

The softening of the rice takes place during the cooking process. While your rice pudding is simmering for almost an hour, the rice is also cooking and softening up. 

Why is the rice hard in my Senor Rico rice pudding?

If the rice is hard in your pudding, it has not been cooking long enough. Try allowing it to simmer for a bit longer and this should soften up the grains of rice. 

Can you freeze homemade Senor Rico rice pudding?

Yes, it can be stored in an airtight container for up to three months in your freezer. 

Can homemade Senor Rico rice pudding be reheated?

Yes, homemade Senor Rico rice pudding may be reheated. Simply stick it in the microwave for a minute or two, stirring occasionally, to warm it back up. If your rice pudding dries out too much, add a little bit of milk and stir it in. 

How do you thicken rice pudding?

Although there are ways to thicken rice pudding, I would not recommend using any extra thickening aid. If you desire to thicken, mix about 1 tbsp corn starch with 3 tbsp water and mix to remove any lumps. Add this to your rice pudding and simmer for a few minutes. Be aware that a little can go a long way. 

How do you fix curdled rice pudding?

Curdles are caused by cooking an egg mixture too long, or too fast. The best way to remove curdling is to remove the portions of the pudding that contain the curdles and place them into your blender. Pulse for a few moments, to remove curdles, then stir back into your remaining rice pudding. 

Rice Pudding – Mexican Style, Arroz Con Leche

Homemade Senor Rico Rice Pudding is a delicious treat, or a perfect dessert for any occasion. It is a great make ahead dessert as well. The lovely Mexican style Arroz Con Leche is a delightful mixture of cream, rice, sweetness, and vanilla, all rolled into one delicious pudding. Give this recipe a try, and let us know what you think! 

Have you tried this recipe? What did you think of it?

All important question, do you prefer with raisins and cinnamon, or without?

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8 thoughts on “The Best Senor Rico Rice Pudding (Copycat Recipe)”

  1. This looks delicious and I think I’ve spent a life time looking for the kind of rice pudding that restaurants serve. HOWEVER…… is it evaporated milk or condensed milk that you use?? You mention evaporated milk in the ingredients, and condensed milk in the directions.

    • Hi Janet,
      Thank you so much for catching this! I apologize for the confusion! We recommend using evaporated milk for this recipe. Although you could use sweetened condensed milk, the rice pudding will turn out much sweeter. I hope this helps! Thank you so much!

    • Yes, we have done this before. Using whole milk works just fine, or we’ve even used 2%. It cuts the fat a bit and therefore is not quite as creamy. All of the other ingredients remain the same.

  2. Hi,
    I made this rice pudding for my sister who is a rice pudding lover and boy was this a hit!!!! I followed the recipe to the letter and it came out better than I could have imagined .
    Needless to say my sister was over the moon!! And me too….
    Do you know the cost between the store bought and yours?
    Thank you for your notes on what and what not to do.

  3. I can’t rate the taste quite yet (I literally just made it, and it’s piping hot), but I wanted to say that I straight-up doubted your measurements the entire time I was making it. 2 quarts half & half AND 2 quarts water (and then more water at the end to help temper the eggs)?! You’ve got to be kidding me!! It’s too much liquid!! BUT, you were right. It’s not too much liquid…the right amount to make it super creamy, it seems. Make sure you use an extra large soup pot!

  4. 5 stars
    This made a TON of rice pudding. It set up (thickened) nicely after pouring it from the hot stock pot after 15 min. Will def need multiple storage containers to freeze it in. Smell, texture, and flavor are great. I only bought one quart of half and half and had to substitute the second quart with 2% milk and it is not noticeable.


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