Definition of enchilada in US English:

enchilada

noun

  • A rolled tortilla with a filling typically of meat and served with a chili sauce.

    • ‘You can dig into the various specialities, including cheese enchiladas with green sauce, Mexican fajitas with paella sauce, Mexican pizza and hot and hell shrimps.’
    • ‘There are plenty of tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas in various combos featuring either chicken, beef or shrimp to be had - some served with rice and/or beans.’
    • ‘Shown to tables, they open their menus, pondering beef versus chicken enchiladas, or maybe tacos al carbon.’
    • ‘If you are into Mexican food they serve menudo, fajitas, various types of tacos, enchiladas, carnitas, rice, beans and more.’
    • ‘They served enchiladas, pinto beans, tossed salad, and fruit gelatin.’
    • ‘‘But wouldn't you rather have cheese enchiladas and burritos and other things? ‘she inquires.’’
    • ‘There are varieties of enchiladas and tortillas to choose from.’
    • ‘We also had the Mexican style skirt steak with cheese enchilada and Mexican rice and beans, sizzling fajitas and the BBQ ribs.’
    • ‘Cheese enchiladas, the sign outside the dining hall proclaimed.’
    • ‘There's a decent range of Spanish and Mexican dishes on offer too, including three paellas and staple New World offerings such as fajitas, enchiladas and tacos.’
    • ‘But soon, her job at the cafeteria opens her palate to the delights of pastas, pizzas, enchiladas, falafel, potato pierogis, and vegetable fried rice.’
    • ‘Where else can you get organic pizza, enchiladas and eggrolls on a moment's notice?’
    • ‘Fresh tortillas are eaten as bread, used as plate and spoon, or filled to make composite dishes such as tacos and enchiladas.’
    • ‘The restaurant offers mainly a decent sized Mexican menu with dishes like nachos, burritos, enchiladas and some of the tastiest tacos you'll find in town.’
    • ‘He said it served a good power lunch; herb tea, cold salads and enchiladas - all efficacious stress reducers - were on the menu.’
    • ‘These wines can match up quite well with spicy foods, from barbecued brisket to beef enchiladas.’
    • ‘Soft wheat tortillas are more often used in quesadillas and fajitas, while soft corn tortillas make wonderful enchiladas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In March, Barrio's kitchen will present main course dishes such as burritos, enchiladas and tacos.’
    • ‘In April, the town comes alive with a 10-day festival, where every street is filled with stalls selling tacos, sweetcorn, enchiladas, chilli hot dogs and cakes.’

Phrases

  • the big enchilada

    • informal A person or thing of great importance.

      ‘New Hampshire is the big enchilada in American politics’
      • ‘And of course the big enchilada is Fitzgerald himself.’
      • ‘Not only has the party lost its big enchilada - and chief legislative strategist - but it lacks a strong, legitimate party president.’
      • ‘In a movie like this, the fights are the big enchilada.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also potentially up for grabs is the big enchilada, the Treasury Secretary's job.’
      • ‘Finally, there is, of course, the big enchilada, the Supreme Court.’
      • ‘Twenty-five years after leaving the secretary of state's office in Washington DC, he nurtures his status as the big enchilada of foreign affairs.’
      celebrity, famous person, very important person, personality, name, big name, famous name, household name, star, superstar, celebutante, leading light, mogul, giant, great, master, king, guru
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  • the whole enchilada

    • informal The whole situation; everything.

      ‘high-tech gadgetry is the spice, but not the whole enchilada’
      • ‘The strategy this time is not to go for the whole enchilada.’
      • ‘I was on the floor, nose bleeding, tears running down my face - the whole enchilada.’
      • ‘And I used to say, ‘I can't believe I wore the whole enchilada.’’
      • ‘I also realized that while others have picked up on other subtexts in Tolkien's work, like his anti-war themes, I might be the first to interpret the whole enchilada as a dating manual.’
      • ‘Do you sacrifice incremental benefits by going for the whole enchilada?’
      • ‘The hero is the linchpin of 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).’
      • ‘I want you to see the whole enchilada; I want to make sure you know how wide and full of potential the world is.’
      • ‘When talking about globalization, I am referring to increasing free trade, the outsourcing of jobs overseas, the opening of new markets, fewer trade barriers, global economic integration - the whole enchilada.’
      • ‘Abortion, birth control, women's rights the whole enchilada is now up for grabs.’
      • ‘When Gates speaks about winning he means WINNING, the whole enchilada, mastery of the universe.’
      • ‘Plus, my dad went out and finally got us this awesome effects system from Guitar Center - compressor, equalizer, a sonic enhancer, multi-effects processor - the whole enchilada we've been saving up for for years!’
      • ‘The only thing lacking is a way to see a thumbnail of a picture before you look at the whole enchilada.’
      • ‘He presses a button on his desk, and the whole enchilada plummets into the floor.’
      • ‘Looks like you're going for the whole enchilada, right?’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

enchilada

/ˌen(t)SHəˈlädə//ˌɛn(t)ʃəˈlɑdə/