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Topic: FOOD DISH

Date: 1800-1900
Language: American Spanish
Origin: , past participle of enchilar 'to put chili into'

enchilada

noun
     
en‧chi‧la‧da
1DFF [countable] a Mexican food consisting of a tortilla (=flat piece of bread) that is rolled up and filled with meat or cheese, and covered with a spicy sauce
2

the big enchilada

American English informal something that is the most important or biggest of its type:
We're aiming our products at the big enchilada - the home computer market.
3

the whole enchilada

American English informal all of something:
Come on. Let's hear it - the whole enchilada.
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