enchilada

noun
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 This twist on papas con rajas can also star as a main in tacos or as an enchilada filling, or as a brunch with eggs and salsa. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2022 Thursday is National Burrito Day, and Mexican chains are going the whole enchilada and passing along hot deals that include buy-one-get-one and discounted entrees. Kelly Tyko, The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 Thursday is National Burrito Day, and Mexican chains are going the whole enchilada and passing along hot deals that include buy-one-get-one and discounted entrees. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 Fury Road, to The Godfather Part II taking the whole enchilada and pocketing Best Picture (and maybe even eclipsing the first one). Joshua Rothkopf, EW.com, 23 Mar. 2022 Last night, Ryan inhaled an entire enchilada in two or three bites swallowed whole. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2022 The Aggies won the whole enchilada in 2011, and Blair and football’s Homer Norton are the only two coaches in football, basketball and baseball to win national titles at A&M in the three major sports. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2022 Spoon enchilada sauce into a thin layer in the prepared baking dish. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 29 Jan. 2022 Have an enchilada, elote, or churros and a passion fruit margarita. Thuc Doan Nguyen, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Enchilada.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchilada. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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