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Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling


8 servings

Tembleque, or coconut pudding, brings back so many memories of the days my family would vacation in Puerto Rico to see my relatives. It was one of my favorite things to eat—I'm sure it will become a much-loved recipe with your family, as well. —Linette Serenil, Upland, California
Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans (13.66 ounces each) coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add milk; stir until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened.
  2. Remove from the heat; pour into dessert dishes. Cool slightly. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Just before serving, sprinkle with cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 286 calories, 21g fat (18g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • cast_iron_king
    Sep 1, 2019

    Amazing recipe! So easy and so rich and tasty! I didn't change a thing. I love the texture of this unique dessert--part custard, part gelatin! A definite addition to any home's rotation of delicious dishes!

  • angela32
    Aug 17, 2019

    This is fantastic, but next time I might add a little less cornstarch. I didn't unmold it though, we just ate it in the original bowls.

  • AllisonO
    Mar 17, 2016

    Absolutely delicious! My husband liked it so well, I made it twice in one day! I have never made pudding from scratch before but it couldn't be simpler, especially with only five ingredients. This pudding is thicker than the pudding you make using a store-bought mix, perhaps because of the thicker consistency of the coconut milk. The next time I make it, I think I will add some toasted flaked coconut on top. It would make a very elegant end to a special meal but is simple enough for any weeknight dinner. As an added bonus, our kitchen smells fabulous!

  • beboppin247
    Oct 10, 2012

    Very good. My mother grew up in Puerto Rico and loves this.

  • MiaTheo
    Jul 17, 2012

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