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enchilada

Syllabification: en·chi·la·da
Pronunciation: /ˌen(t)SHəˈlädə
 
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Definition of enchilada in English:

noun

A rolled tortilla with a filling typically of meat and served with a chili sauce.
Example sentences
  • But soon, her job at the cafeteria opens her palate to the delights of pastas, pizzas, enchiladas, falafel, potato pierogis, and vegetable fried rice.
  • There, children make tortilla soup or black-bean enchiladas, then sit down to feast at tables covered with red-checked cloths and vases bursting with tulips and daffodils from the garden.
  • Soft wheat tortillas are more often used in quesadillas and fajitas, while soft corn tortillas make wonderful enchiladas.

Origin

Latin American Spanish, feminine past participle of enchilar 'season with chili'.

Phrases

the big enchilada

1
North American informal A person or thing of great importance.
Example sentences
  • Finally, there is, of course, the big enchilada, the Supreme Court.
  • Not only has the party lost its big enchilada - and chief legislative strategist - but it lacks a strong, legitimate party president.
  • Because to the left of the party, it's fiscal policy that is the big enchilada, the issue they always fear they're going to be sold out on.

the whole enchilada

2
North American informal The whole situation; everything.
Example sentences
  • The strategy this time is not to go for the whole enchilada.
  • And I used to say, ‘I can't believe I wore the whole enchilada.’
  • Although you can buy sectioned watermelons at the grocery store, somehow it's not quite the same as lugging home the whole enchilada (as it were).

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