Origin and Etymology of enchilada
American Spanish, from feminine of enchilado, past participle of enchilar to season with chili, from Spanish en- 1en- + chile chili
First Known Use: 1878
ENCHILADA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enchilada for English Language Learners
: 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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