The first time I heard about Enchiladas was when I was about 8 or 9. I have four aunts, and they and my Mom used to have monthly dinners at each other’s houses. I just happened to be nearby (nope, I wasn’t snatching cookies from the tray on the table) when I heard one of them use the phrase, “the whole enchilada” in a hearty conversation with her sisters. Since I was still a kid back then, my first thought was it was some sort of word that meant “entourage”. Yes, I am talking about the “the whole entourage” phrase.
It wasn’t until in high school that I learned what the word truly meant—enchilada was food. It was also just then that I learned that the creamy chicken dish that the same aunt always brought to reunions was actually called enchiladas.
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