Definition of enchilada in English:

enchilada

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These wines can match up quite well with spicy foods, from barbecued brisket to beef 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you are into Mexican food they serve menudo, fajitas, various types of tacos, enchiladas, carnitas, rice, beans and more.’
    • ‘Cheese enchiladas, the sign outside the dining hall proclaimed.’
    • ‘They served enchiladas, pinto beans, tossed salad, and fruit gelatin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In March, Barrio's kitchen will present main course dishes such as burritos, enchiladas and tacos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said it served a good power lunch; herb tea, cold salads and enchiladas - all efficacious stress reducers - were on the menu.’
    • ‘Shown to tables, they open their menus, pondering beef versus chicken enchiladas, or maybe tacos al carbon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soft wheat tortillas are more often used in quesadillas and fajitas, while soft corn tortillas make wonderful enchiladas.’
    • ‘‘But wouldn't you rather have cheese enchiladas and burritos and other things? ‘she inquires.’’
    • ‘We also had the Mexican style skirt steak with cheese enchilada and Mexican rice and beans, sizzling fajitas and the BBQ ribs.’
    • ‘There are varieties of enchiladas and tortillas to choose from.’

Phrases

  • the big enchilada

    • informal A person or thing of great importance.

      • ‘Finally, there is, of course, the big enchilada, the Supreme Court.’
      • ‘Also potentially up for grabs is the big enchilada, the Treasury Secretary's job.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And of course the big enchilada is Fitzgerald himself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not only has the party lost its big enchilada - and chief legislative strategist - but it lacks a strong, legitimate party president.’
      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.

      • ‘He presses a button on his desk, and the whole enchilada plummets into the floor.’
      • ‘Abortion, birth control, women's rights the whole enchilada is now up for grabs.’
      • ‘And I used to say, ‘I can't believe I wore the whole enchilada.’’
      • ‘Do you sacrifice incremental benefits by going for the whole enchilada?’
      • ‘I want you to see the whole enchilada; I want to make sure you know how wide and full of potential the world is.’
      • ‘I was on the floor, nose bleeding, tears running down my face - the whole enchilada.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘When Gates speaks about winning he means WINNING, the whole enchilada, mastery of the universe.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Looks like you're going for the whole enchilada, right?’
      • ‘The only thing lacking is a way to see a thumbnail of a picture before you look at 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.’
      • ‘The hero is the linchpin of the whole enchilada.’
      • ‘The strategy this time is not to go for the whole enchilada.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

enchilada

/ˌen(t)SHəˈlädə//ˌɛn(t)ʃəˈlɑdə/