en·​chi·​la·​da | \ˌen-chə-ˈlä-də \

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

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Dishes like tongue tacos and fresh enchiladas have made Casa Enrique New York City’s first and only Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 The roasted butternut with tahini yogurt and golden raisin relish will slay you, and the carrot enchilada is next-level flavor. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Restaurants in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Two plump enchiladas are draped with one of the better tomatillo sauces around. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "Mesero is spicing up the Clearfork dining scene, and so is its mole | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Mar. 2018 For more traditional comforts, there’s always abuelita’s enchiladas topped with guajillo sauce. Hugh Garvey, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles," 27 Feb. 2018 The Mexican grill serves breakfast items like Mexican-style egg tortas, and lunch and dinner items like enchilada suizo. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Omakase Yume brings chefs' choice sushi to the West Loop, plus other restaurant news," 10 July 2018 The Enchilada Queen also offers cooking classes for tamales and famous enchiladas. Houston Chronicle, "Tex-Mex and Mexican restaurants to try," 10 May 2018 Like Harris, Sanders may change his stance on both ICE and how much Trump officials really deserve fancy enchiladas while locking up children. Luke Darby, GQ, "What the Hell, Bernie Sanders?," 28 June 2018 Menu items include guacamoles, enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos filled with a variety of meats. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "New restaurant Jose Tequilas Mexican Grill and Cantina coming to Owings Mills Square," 13 July 2018

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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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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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