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

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Mi Cocinita Restaurant, a quirky backyard cafe behind Virgie Martinez's girlhood home in south Fort Worth, is officially out of business after 50 years and two generations of handmade tamales and enchilada platters. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "A life of love and tamales: Virgie Martinez retires from backyard landmark Mi Cocinita," 26 June 2018 Top with salsa or enchilada sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Shops and Meal Preps on a Budget," 22 Feb. 2019 Top enchiladas with pickled onions and cilantro if desired. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Weeknight Meals," 21 Dec. 2018 Rivas Cafe, reopened in north Fort Worth. serves its classic combination platter with two enchiladas, two tacos and a chalupa. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Family-style dinner, BYOB wine new for Tanglewood-area lunch cafe," 1 July 2018 Once Dream Tacos gets some time under its belt, Jenni said the kitchen will branch out with daily specials that will include dishes such as enchiladas, tamales and chilaquiles. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Dream Tacos TX," 7 June 2018 One of the top sellers is still the beef enchilada plate, Anita Barriga said. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "In Arlington, the Fork in the Road leads to classic breakfast and biscuits," 20 June 2018 Customers can grab one at the drive-thru for $15.89 and make their own chicken Parmesan or enchiladas in 30 minutes. Leslie Patton, The Seattle Times, "American eating habits are changing faster than fast food can keep up," 11 Sep. 2018 Because really, nobody wants to give up enchiladas. Jessica Girdwain, Redbook, "Eat to Beat Your Health Problems," 23 Nov. 2011

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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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