en·​chi·​la·​da ˌen-chə-ˈlä-də How to pronounce enchilada (audio)
: a usually corn tortilla rolled around a savory mixture, covered with chili sauce, and usually baked
: schmear sense 1, ball of wax
the whole enchilada

Examples of enchilada in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Layer with corn tortillas, cheese, and a mixture of red enchilada sauce and barbecue sauce. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 12 Sep. 2023 As mentioned above, cowboy caviar can be served many ways, so consider serving it as a salad, a topping for meat and seafood or as a filling for lettuce wraps, tacos, fajitas, burritos and enchiladas. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 27 July 2023 Casa Bonita — then sprawling over 52,000 square feet in Lakewood, a Denver suburb — served steamed refried beans, tacos and enchiladas to thousands of people a day, buffet-style. Matt Richtel David Williams, New York Times, 6 June 2023 Customers get chips and their choice of salsa, their pick between chicken tinga quesadilla, chicken enchiladas and tacos for their entrée and churros for dessert. Miranda Jeyaretnam, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Aug. 2023 The enchiladas were skimpy on the vegetables, with a scattering of corn and zucchini that seemed almost apologetic to be there. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 28 July 2023 At Fort Worth’s Paco’s Mexican Cuisine, customers enjoy more than tacos de chapulín (grasshopper tacos,) fajitas and enchilada plates. María Ramos Pacheco, Dallas News, 27 Mar. 2023 Not your average labor-intensive enchilada, these miniatures come together in just three steps and 30 minutes. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 3 Aug. 2023 Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant Abuelo’s large menu includes a fajita chimichanga, Durango burrito, enchilada platters and pork tenderloin abrigada. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 4 July 2023 See More

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Word History


American Spanish, from feminine of enchilado, past participle of enchilar to season with chili, from Spanish en- en- entry 1 + chile chili

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of enchilada was in 1878

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“Enchilada.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchilada. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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en·​chi·​la·​da ˌen-chə-ˈläd-ə How to pronounce enchilada (audio)
: a tortilla rolled around a meat or cheese filling and covered with a chili sauce

American Spanish, derived from earlier enchilar "to season with chili"

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