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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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 The idea was to create a Tex-Mex restaurant with fun, slightly upscale vibes, exceedingly friendly service, and solid versions of staples like fajitas, enchiladas, and queso. Priya Krishna, Bon Appetit, "The Tex-Mex Chain That Fills a Queso-Sized Hole in My Heart," 6 June 2018 Cooked enchilada sauces and salsa culichi past discard date. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Restaurant with no sneeze guard on salsa bar among this week's violations," 11 July 2018 Their enchiladas were a perfectly blend of cheese and chicken smothered (not soaked) in a savory red sauce. Joe Drape, New York Times, "On an Arizona Road Trip, Miles of Family Firsts," 12 June 2018 Pour enchilada sauce over top and sprinkle with cheese. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas," 19 Mar. 2018 Specialties: Mexican fare such as enchiladas, burritos, tacos, steaks, nachos, Mexican pizza, tamales, flautas, chimichangas, taco salad, seafood, tostadas and nine kinds of fajitas. Plus flan and fried ice cream for dessert. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Lake County News-Sun, "El Puerto's menu is full of owner specialties," 13 July 2018 Breakfast enchiladas stuffed with pork or turkey sausage, $9.25; giant gingerbread pancake, $4.25 for one. Anne Harnagel, latimes.com, "Searching for Billy the Kid and UFOs in southeastern New Mexico," 18 May 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 big enchilada

the whole enchilada

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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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