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: a usually corn tortilla rolled around a savory mixture, covered with chili sauce, and usually baked
: schmear, ball of wax
the whole enchilada
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1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1
American Spanish, from feminine of enchilado, past participle of enchilar to season with chili, from Spanish en- en- entry 1 + chile chili
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: a Mexican food that consists of a flat piece of bread (called a tortilla) that is rolled around a meat, bean, or cheese filling and covered with a sauce
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