en·​chi·​la·​da | \ ˌen-chə-ˈlä-də How to pronounce enchilada (audio) \

Definition of enchilada

1 : a usually corn tortilla rolled around a savory mixture, covered with chili sauce, and usually baked
2 : schmear, ball of wax the whole enchilada

Examples of enchilada in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chinese, Italian, Greek, Hawaiian, Irish, Mexican, Jamaican, American — all of them throwing elbows on a menu that puts a high-tone sea bass and a $38 cowboy rib-eye on the same page as meatloaf, enchiladas and spaghetti. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Conroy’s Bar & Grill gets a global buzz going at its Stone Oak restaurant," 21 Nov. 2019 Demonstrate rolling the crepe into a tube, flap-folding like an enchilada, or wrapping into a tortellini-like packet. Eric Velasco, al, "How to make crepes at home," 26 Dec. 2019 His wife made enchiladas, and the plates become very popular with local workers. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Joe T. Garcia's: This family restaurant is the go-to spot for Tex-Mex food in Fort Worth," 21 Dec. 2019 Visitors can choose from all the usual suspects, including nachos, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and fajitas. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 10 Oct. 2019 The cuisine of central Mexico influenced the menu, and the restaurant is known for its enchiladas and margaritas. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Coffee, poutine and tacos: These new restaurants opened in metro Phoenix in November," 3 Dec. 2019 El Real Tex-Mex Café in Montrose has served its last enchilada with chili gravy. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Montrose Tex-Mex mainstay El Real closes," 28 Oct. 2019 Add the broth, enchilada sauce, pumpkin, corn, chilies and dressing mix. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Four new ways to tackle all those Thanksgiving leftovers," 25 Nov. 2019 And in a city that knows better, there was no excuse for mushy cheese enchiladas in bitter chili gravy with gummy Spanish rice. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Conroy’s Bar & Grill gets a global buzz going at its Stone Oak restaurant," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of enchilada

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enchilada

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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The first known use of enchilada was in 1878

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17 Jan 2020

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“Enchilada.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchilada. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of enchilada

: 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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