(ehn-chee-LAH-dah) [American Spanish: spiced with chili] In Mexican cooking, a tortilla filled with meat or cheese and baked in a spicy sauce. In slang, “the big enchilada” is someone seen as the most important or powerful person in an organization or group; “the whole enchilada” refers to the entirety of something, as in the full range of benefits or advantages.
   The public’s hunger for shares has led Austin Grill to offer diners a helping of its new public offering along with their enchiladas. — Time, March 3, 1997.

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