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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The first group made nachos while the second made enchiladas, with each dish judged on presentation, taste and nutrition. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "U of L basketball players eat 10 times a day. What the heck are they chowing down on?," 11 July 2019 Casa de Bandini will serve a Father’s Day brunch buffet with picks like buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, cheese enchiladas, huevos con chorizo, fiesta potatoes, an omelet station, and fruit, flan and pan dulce for dessert. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Sunday is Father’s Day. Have you made your dinner reservations yet?," 11 June 2019 Eat one for dinner tonight and shred the second for enchiladas later in the week. Jennifer Folsom, NBC News, "The busy mom's guide to meal planning," 21 Aug. 2019 Most of the avocados that grace toast and enchilada plates in the US hail from south of the border. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "“Mockamole” is what a trade war with Mexico would taste like," 10 July 2019 Other popular menu items include a seafood dish called Mahi Marisco and enchiladas. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "League City barbecue restaurateurs’ latest venture: Mexican cantina," 2 July 2019 Diners can pick from the Poblano Don Manuel, a traditional-style mole served over chicken; the Mole Verde Dona Carmelita, a mole featuring tomatillos and avocado served with pork; or enchiladas served with the sauce. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Agave del Scottsdale is open now. Here's what to expect on the Mexico City-style menu," 12 June 2019 If none of these suits your tastes, Cocina de La Sirena, a Latin American restaurant, serves traditional fare of empanadas, enchiladas and flan. Mary Ann Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Lots to love in Lubbock, a West Texas town with a cowboy past and a bright future," 18 July 2019 Order: flaxseed chilaquiles, chicken enchiladas (get green and red, a.k.a. Bon Appétit, "There are restaurant lists with rankings. And there are restaurant lists with purpose. This is the latter.," 9 July 2019

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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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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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