Recipe: Dulce de Leche

Makes 14 oz


1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk


Remove label from can of sweetened condensed milk and pierce with two holes on the top. Note that my label is still on the can. This becomes a mess later and I wouldn’t recommend it.

Place can in a small pot and fill with water. Bring to a gentle simmer and maintain water level about 1″ below top of the can at all times. Simmer for about 3 hours. Let cool before handling, eating, or touching.

Here is a light dulce de leche (I had my heat very, very low – otherwise the can rattles around in the pot. The longer you cook it, the thicker and darker it becomes):

Here’s a thicker, darker dulce de leche. Cooked for the same amount of time, but the heat was up slightly higher.

NOTE: This picture is from Argentina…. wow, our photography has improved! Shout out to Keith :)

P.S. To make it thick enough to spread on Alfajores, simmer for about 5 hours.

Serve with ice cream, cookies, Alfajores, crepes … anything you can imagine!

Opt In Image
Hungry for more?
Be notified when National Geographic releases my memoir.

Simply fill in your details below.


  1. Ohhh, it’s that simple!! I got hooked on dulce de leche in Argentina. Back home in Holland there was no store who sells it. I finaly found something called “oma’s” (grandma’s) which seams to be dulce de leche. But making it myself, YoHoo, makes me happy!

  2. Yum, so simple I can’t wait to try it. Thanks.

  3. You can make this in the crockpot too, making an easy dish even easier! Here’s where I learned this interesting info

    • globaltable says:

      ohhhh yay for easy recipes. Looking at her recipe, I would suggest poking the two holes in the can and not quite covering with water, though. That should keep the can from possibly bursting which, for scaredy cats like me, is pretty critical!


  1. […] Sweet,¬†cinnamon-loaded apple empanadas are perfect for popping at parties. Popular throughout south and central america, these tidbits will be gone before you can put the tray down. Try serving warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of dulce de leche. […]

Speak Your Mind