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 The first restaurant to open facing Hillcrest Village’s new park — and the only one operating right now — is Lada, an enchilada shop created by chef Michael Ehlert. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "A ‘mini Klyde Warren Park’ in Far North Dallas will welcome new restaurants in 2021," 18 Dec. 2020 Start by adding it to your favorite enchilada (or taco or burrito bowl) recipe. Casey Barber, CNN, "You cooked for 20 and fed 6 people. What to do with all of those leftovers," 27 Nov. 2020 Black beans and chiles transform simple tortillas into a feast in this traditional Oaxacan enchilada recipe. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Enfrijoladas al Estilo de Oaxaca (Enchiladas with Bean-Chile Sauce Oaxaca Style)," 9 Sep. 2020 This tangy green enchilada sauce is a perfect partner to tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Enchiladas Verdes," 9 Sep. 2020 This ancho chile gravy is the basis to countless enchilada combination plates found anywhere Tex-Mex food is served. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Tex-Mex-Style Ancho Chile Gravy Enchiladas," 9 Sep. 2020 Prepared enchilada sauce makes quick work of this casserole, in which boneless, skinless chicken thighs are simmered in sauce before being wrapped in corn tortillas and baked in yet more sauce and cheese. Washington Post, "Read more about the history of and love for Tex-Mex.," 5 Aug. 2020 More:Old El Paso beef enchilada recipe claims to be easy. Daniel Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This cream puff recipe delivers iconic Wisconsin State Fair pastry flavor, even for those lacking artistic skills," 31 July 2020 Gluten-free offerings include the French fries, tortilla soup and even the Deluxe Dinner: an enchilada with a crispy beef taco, tamales, guacamole, chile con queso, all topped off with a side of beans and rice. Dallas News, "Searching for gluten-free grub? Here are five spots in Garland," 6 July 2020

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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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“Enchilada.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchilada. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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