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[en-chuh-lah-duh, -lad-uh] /ˌɛn tʃəˈlɑ də, -ˈlæd ə/

noun, Mexican Cookery.
a tortilla rolled and filled with a seasoned mixture, usually containing meat, and covered with a sauce flavored with chili.
big / top enchilada, Slang. someone regarded as the most important, influential, or dominant person in an organization:
The police are hoping to catch the syndicate’s big enchilada in the next raid.
whole enchilada, Slang. the entirety of something, especially something impressive or outstanding:
She has a job with money, prestige, and satisfaction—the whole enchilada.
a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla fried in hot fat, filled with meat, and served with a chilli sauce

1887, American English, from Mexican Spanish enchilada, fem. past participle of enchilar “season with chili,” from en- “in” + chile “chili” (see chili).

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