enchilada

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noun en·chi·la·da \ˌen-chə-ˈlä-də\

Definition of enchilada

  1. 1 :  a usually corn tortilla rolled around a savory mixture, covered with chili sauce, and usually baked

  2. 2 :  schmear, ball of wax <the whole enchilada>

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: 1887



ENCHILADA Defined for English Language Learners

enchilada

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noun en·chi·la·da \ˌen-chə-ˈlä-də\

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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