Meaning of enchilada


Pronunciation: (en"chu-lä'du, -lad'u), [key]
— n. Mexican Cookery.
  1. a tortilla rolled and filled with a seasoned mixture, usually containing meat, and covered with a sauce flavored with chili.
  2. 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.
  3. the entirety of something, esp. something impressive or outstanding: She has a job with money, prestige, and satisfaction—the whole enchilada.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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