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This vegan arroz con leche is creamy, delicious, and easy to make. It is topped with a sprinkle of freshly ground cinnamon and studded with raisins. I love it when it’s served cold on a hot day, but in the winter nothing beats a cup of warm arroz con leche. It’s one of those classic Mexican desserts that you make over and over again.

Milk and rice cooking in a large pot with a cinnamon stick.

Mexican Arroz con Leche

Mexican rice pudding is the perfect combination of milk, sugar, cinnamon, rice, and raisins. Depending on what region of Mexico you grew up in you might have added fresh fruit, orange or lime zest, and even rum.

Raisins added to the pot with the rice and milk.

Did you know that there are many versions of arroz con leche? There is Dominican, Costa Rican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Guatemalan….and the list goes on and on. Most of them are similar but each country has its own variation that makes it unique. In Puerto Rico they use coconut milk, in Spain they add orange zest, in Cuba, they add condensed milk, and in Jamaica, they add allspice or nutmeg.

A wooden spoon full of vegan Mexican rice pudding suspended over a pot.

But it doesn’t matter what country you are from, arroz con leche evokes memories of the smell of cinnamon and a big pot of boiling milk on the stove, and the song, “ Arroz con leche, me quiero casar con un señorita…..”

How to Make Arroz con Leche Vegan

To make this arroz con leche without dairy I did a test between three different types of plant milk: soy milk, oat milk, and almond coconut milk. I used the same recipe for all of them and had some really picky taste-testers (my children) evaluate the results.

Two glass cups of vegan arroz con leche surrounded by cinnamon sticks and raisins.

The Test: Soy milk, Oat Milk or Almond Milk

The clear winner of the taste test was soy, then oat milk, and in the last place was almond-coconut milk. Soy milk resembled cow’s milk the most because of the high-fat content. The one that was made with oat milk was deliciously sweet, but it gave it a yellowish color and it wasn’t as creamy as the soy milk. The almond-coconut milk was creamy but did have a distinctive taste of coconut. My kids loved all of them, but they preferred the soy by far. I know a lot of people don’t do soy, so if you don’t, I recommend the oat milk instead.

A close up of vegan Mexican rice pudding with raisins with the spoon digging in.

The Recipe

  • You can use any plant milk of your choice, but we found that soy was the one that mimicked the taste of cow’s milk the best.
  • Oat milk also makes a yummy arroz con leche.
  • You can add fresh fruit, orange zest, dried fruit, nutmeg, and even vegan condensed milk.
  • I decided to use long-grain rice because it’s what is most accessible, but using short-grain rice will give a creamier result.
Vegan arroz con leche in a glass goblet with a golden spoon inserted into the cup.

Vegan Arroz con Leche

Vegan Arroz con Leche, a traditional Mexican classic made dairy-free with soy milk, cinnamon. and raisins.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cinnamon, dairyfree, raisins, rice pudding, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 people (Serving size 1/2 cup)
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Long grain-rice
  • 1 Ceylon cinnamon stick 2 -inch
  • 3 cups Water
  • 4 cups Soy milk
  • ½ – 1 cup Sugar or your sweetener of choice
  • ½ cup of raisins optional

Instructions

  • In a large pot combine water, cinnamon stick, and rice. Bring water to a simmer and simmer slowly for 15 min.
  • Add soy milk to the pot and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  • Add ½ – 1 cup of the sugar (depending on desired sweetness), and simmer for another 10 minutes or until the arroz con leche has reached the right consistency.
  • Remove from the heat, add raisins, and let the rice cool slightly. It will thicken as it cools.
  • Sprinkle with ground cinnamon before serving. Serve warm, or let cool in the refrigerator and serve cold.

Notes

You can use any plant milk of your choice, but we found that soy was the one that mimicked the taste of cow’s milk the best. Oat milk also makes a yummy arroz con leche. You can add fresh fruit, orange zest, dried fruit, nutmeg, and even vegan condensed milk. I decided to use long-grain rice because it’s what is most accessible, but using short grain rice will give a creamier result.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 1mg

Although dorastable.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates.

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I’ve been a fan of the blog Veggies Don’t Bite for a while. It was one of the first blogs that I found when I first went vegan that made me think I could actually make the change! Sophia de Santis is the founder of Veggies Don’t Bite, and she has just released her new cookbook Vegan Burgers & Burritos: Easy and Delicious Whole Food Recipes for the Everyday Cook. Today I’m sharing with you this chipotle and lime burrito stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sauteed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce.

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.

What’s exciting about this book is that it’s plant-based, meaning it focuses on whole foods, doesn’t have refined sugars, and even includes gluten-free options. Also, who doesn’t like burgers and burritos? Our family loves them, they are some of the few things my kids will eat without questioning what’s in it.

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.

Every recipe has a beautiful picture, and includes 27 burgers, and 26 burritos. It also has a section with sides, and sauces to top your burger or burrito. Some of our favorite recipes so far are the Fajita your Burger, Sweet Potato Enchilada Burger, Frito Pie Pouches, and of course the Chipotle and Lime Burritos. I love the book so far, but I wish there was a recipe for burger buns and tortillas. I don’t know about you, but I struggle to find a burger bun that doesn’t have refined sugar in it.

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.

From the kitchen perspective, the recipes are easy to make and don’t use weird or hard to find ingredients. Plus, burgers and burritos are very convenient lunch or picnic options, because they are portable. They also make great game day or tailgating food to munch on. Vegan Burgers and Burritos is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle. Enjoy!

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.

The Recipe: Chipotle and Lime Burrito

Serve with homemade salsa or smoky tangy cream sauce. You could also eat this on warm corn tortillas.

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.

Chipotle and Lime Burritos

This chipotle and lime burrito is stuffed with a mixture cilantro-lime rice and beans, sautéed spicy peppers, and a smoky chipotle cream sauce. From the book Vegan Burgers and Burritos by Sophia De Santis.
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Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chopped red, yellow and green bell pepper mix
  • ½ cup Chopped spicy pepper of choice (jalapeño, cherry bomb, etc.)
  • ½ cup Chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup Low-sodium veggie broth or drizzle of oil, for sautéing
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh lime juice

RICE AND BEANS

  • 1 ½ cups Cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup Cooked or canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Fresh lime juice
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp chipotle powder

TO SERVE

  • 4 to 5 to tortillas
  • Avocado
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Smoky Tangy Cream (page 135) or World’s Best Roasted Salsa (page 132)

Instructions

  • Sauté the peppers and onion in a pan over medium heat with veggie broth, salt, garlic powder and lime juice until cooked and fragrant, about 10 to 12 minutes. You may need to add more broth if it gets too dry. The mixture is ready when the veggies are soft and almost sticky looking.
  • To make the rice and beans, put the cooked rice, beans, cilantro, lime juice, salt and chipotle powder in a bowl and mix well.
  • Once everything is ready, build the burritos by filling the tortillas with the rice and beans, sautéed veggies, avocado and shredded cabbage.
  • Drizzle the sauce or salsa over the filling ingredients.
  • To fold the burrito, fold the sides over toward the center, then roll upward to create a burrito. (See page 15 for step-by-step photos.) You can grill the seam for 7 to 8 minutes until it seals and closes the burrito. You can also grill the other side to make it crisp.
  • Kids: This can be served as a bowl if folding a burrito is too hard! Do not add spicy peppers or chipotle powder. Substitute spicy peppers with bell peppers.

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Whenever I’m coming down with a cold, all I want is a caldo Tlalpeño. In this vegan authentic caldo Tlalpeño  zucchini, potatoes carrots, and rice simmer in a chipotle vegetable broth. It is a comforting traditional home cooked meal. This post is also available in Spanish.

Caldo Tlalpeño is one of my favorite comfort dishes. My mom, to this day, still makes a version of it whenever anyone one of us is sick. After moving to the U.S. I searched high and low for a restaurant that would serve a good caldo Tlalpeño, but none of them measured up. Until finally, duh, I realized that I should just make it at home. It is super easy to make and it’s another one of those dishes that kids love.

White bowl with blue rim filled with authentic caldo tlalpeño soup zucchini, carrots, chickpeas and rice

There’s a legend behind this special dish. It is said that Mexican president Santa Ana (you know, the one that signed away 1/4 of Mexico to the U.S.,) was very hung over after 3 nights of partying and was looking for a quick remedy. He happened to be in Tlalpan, the largest borough of Mexico City. The cook gave him a chicken soup and when the president asked what the name of the soup was, she said caldo Tlalpeño.

Close up of white bowl with blue rim filled with soup zucchini, carrots, chickpeas and rice

So what makes an authentic caldo tlalpeño? As always the recipes can vary from state to state in some states the broth is tomato based and in some states it is not. The veggies can vary as well and some states do not add rice to the soup. What I find does not vary is the addition of chipotle peppers and avocado as a garnish. What is your favorite way of preparing caldo tlalpeño?

To make this recipe vegan I decided to simply omitt the chicken, but if you’re looking for a more meaty flavor you could add mushrooms or jackfruit. To give this a more chickeny flavor I recommend Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base 

If you’re looking for other vegan soup recipes be sure to check out this Vegan Caldo de Res and my Pozole Verde.

The Recipe: Authentic Caldo Tlalpeño

  • You can add whatever veggies you like. Chayote would also go really well with this.
  • When I make this for the kids I leave out the chipotle and add it as a condiment at the end for the adults.
  • Baked tofu would be a good addition to this soup as a garnish.
White bowl with blue rim filled with soup zucchini, carrots, chickpeas and rice

Vegan Caldo Tlalpeño Recipe

This vegan caldo tlalpeño recipe will keep you coming back for more. Zucchini, potatoes carrots and rice simmer in a chipotle vegetable broth
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: caldotlalpeno, vegancaldo
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Diced, white onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 10 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 2 sprigs Cilantro, fresh
  • 1/4 cup Rice, long grain
  • 1 cup Potatoes, diced
  • 3/4 cup Carrots, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups Zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup Chickpeas, canned, drained
  • 1 ea. Chipotle chile, adobo, chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado, cut into cubes
  • 1 Lime, cut onto quarters

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot to medium-low heat. Add 1/4 of water (or 1 tbsp. oil), add onions and sweat for 3-4 minutes until tender and translucent. Add garlic and let cook for 1 more minute
  • Pour in vegetable stock and cilantro sprigs in a large pot, and bring to a simmer.
  • Add rice and simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Add potatoes and simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Add carrots and simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Add chipotle in adobo and zucchini and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add chickpeas and simmer for 6-7 minutes or until all the vegetables and rice are tender. 
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with avocado cubes and lime wedges.

Notes

To serve, garnish with avocado slices and a splash of lime juice. You can add baked tofu cubes to it for a more protein packed meal.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2430mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5653IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg

 

Although dorastable.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates.