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big enchilada

1. The most important or powerful person in a group, organization, business, or movement (e.g., the boss, leader, etc.). Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I think it sounds like a great idea, but you'll have to ask the big enchilada first.
2. An object or goal of great value, importance, or consequence. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. We only need to win two more games in the tournament to take home the big enchilada.
See also: big, enchilada

big cheese

An important, successful, or influential person. Jacob thinks he's a big cheese now that he's been promoted to assistant manager. I'm the big cheese around here, so you have to do what I say.
See also: big, cheese

the whole enchilada

Every part of a multifaceted thing or situation taken together as a whole. Building your own computer can give you incredibly powerful, personally tailored machines, but it can take a lot of time and money to get together all the various parts you'll need. Most consumers prefer to just buy the whole enchilada for a fixed, reasonable price. If you sign up today, you can get the whole enchilada for just $2,000.
See also: enchilada, whole

whole enchilada

Inf. the whole thing; everything. (From Spanish.) Nobody, but nobody, ever gets the whole enchilada. Richard wants the whole enchilada.
See also: enchilada, whole

big cheese

Also, big shot or gun or wheel or enchilada . An important, powerful person; the boss. For example, She loved being the big cheese of her company; the big guns in Congress are bound to change the President's bill; you'd better not act like a big shot among your old friends; Harry was the big wheel in his class ; and You'll have to get permission from the big enchilada. The first term dates from the late 1800s and its origin is disputed. Some think it comes from the Urdu word chiz or cheez for "thing," but others hold it plays on the English word "chief." Big gun is much older, dating from the early 1800s; big shot became very popular in the late 1920s, particularly when used for underworld leaders of gangsters; big wheel dates from about the same period. Big enchilada, often put as the big enchilada, is the newest, dating from the early 1970s.
See also: big, cheese

big enchilada

see under big cheese.
See also: big, enchilada

whole ball of wax, the

Also, the whole enchilada or shooting match or shebang . Everything, all the elements, the entire affair. For example, The union demanded higher wages, a pension plan, job security-the whole ball of wax, or The contract includes paperback rights, film rights, electronic media-the whole enchilada, or She lost her job, her pension, her health-care coverage, the whole shooting match. Not all the allusions in these slangy terms are clear. Ball of wax may refer to a 17th-century English legal practice whereby land was divided among heirs by covering scraps of paper representing portions of land with wax, rolling each into a ball, and drawing the balls from a hat. An enchilada combines several foods inside a tortilla; a shooting match denotes a shooting competition; and a shebang is a rude hut or shelter. The first two of these slangy terms date from the second half of the 1900s, the last two from the late 1800s. For synonyms, see whole kit and caboodle; whole megillah.
See also: ball, of, whole

the whole enchilada

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you describe something as the whole enchilada, you mean that it is as complete or extreme as possible. We should bomb them, send in the Marines — the whole enchilada. Consumers who want this software can download the whole enchilada from their website. Note: The usual British expression is the whole caboodle.
See also: enchilada, whole

the big enchilada

a person or thing of great importance. North American informal
See also: big, enchilada

the whole enchilada

the whole situation; everything. North American informal
1992 New York Times High-tech gadgetry is best viewed as the spice, but not the whole enchilada.
An enchilada is an American Spanish word for a tortilla served with chilli sauce and a filling of meat or cheese.
See also: enchilada, whole

the big enchiˈlada

(American English, informal, humorous) the most important person or thing: New Hampshire is the big enchilada in American politics.
An enchilada is a Mexican dish with meat and a spicy sauce.
See also: big, enchilada

the whole enchiˈlada

(American English, informal) the whole situation; everything: We had a great time on vacation, and it only cost us $500 for the whole enchilada.
An enchilada is a Mexican dish with meat and a spicy sauce.
See also: enchilada, whole

big cheese

n. the boss; the key figure; the leader. Here’s a note from the big cheese telling me to come in for a chat.
See also: big, cheese

big enchilada

(...ɛntʃəˈlɑdə)
n. the boss; the leader. (see also big cheese.) The big enchilada has sent word that it’s safe to return.
See also: big, enchilada

the whole enchilada

(...ɛntʃəˈlɑdə)
n. the whole thing; everything. (From Spanish.) Pete wants the whole enchilada.
See also: enchilada, whole

whole enchilada

The entirety of something; everything.
See also: enchilada, whole

big cheese

A very important person. The phrase seems to have come from, literally, a very large wheel of cheese. After President Jefferson was given one of Cheshire in 1802, other dairies made and displayed huge wheels for publicity purposes. The cheeses attracted lots of attention, and so it wasn't much of a jump to referring to someone who attracted attention as a “big cheese.” Although some have suggested that “cheese” came from the Hindu word “chiz,” for “thing” that the British heard as “cheese,” no paper trail exists to show that Americans started using the phrase though any transatlantic connection. Similar “big” phrases are more common, such as big deal and big wheel.
See also: big, cheese
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CedarLane Garden Vegetable Enchilada, Healthy Choice Chicken Enchilada Bake, Kashi Spicy Black Bean or Chicken Enchilada, and Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites Chicken Enchilada Suiza cut the sat fat to 1 to 3 grams, but their sodium (560 to 620 mg) is above Best Bite or Honorable Mention territory.
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Residents of the humble neighborhood of Iztapalapa created the meal during their local eigth annual Enchilada Fair.
Neither of us managed to finish - the enchilada came with a carb-overload of garlic and coriander rice, in a tortilla and with chilli and tomato sauce and melted cheese.
ENCHILADAS DE JAIBA EN SALSA VERDE Ingredientes (6 porciones) 500 gr de pulpa de jaiba 1 cebolla chica finamente picada 2 jitomates maduros picados 10 ramas de cilantro finamente picadas 4 cucharadas de aceite de oliva Para la salsa 750 gr de tomates verdes sin cascara 7-8 chiles verdes 2 o 3 cucharadas de pepita verde molida Sal Para las enchiladas 18 tortillas suaves y frias 1 cebolla finamente picada Queso rayado Crema Aceite de oliva PREPARACION * En una sarten grande vierta el aceite de oliva y sofria la cebolla picada.
Pero el tiempo pasa (es lo unico que el tiempo sabe hacer, pasar, transcurrir), y el otro dia, cuatro meses despues de la llegada, respondiendo a un deseo que se habia hecho ya en mi mujer y en mi obsesivo y semidelirante, entramos con gran entusiasmo al restaurante mexicano: comer unas enchiladas verdes con cebolla y frijoles de la olla se habia convertido en una imperiosa e impostergable urgencia.
Enchiladas as part of the El Monterey[TM] Family Classics[TM] line.
Caldos, tacos, enchiladas, menudo (desafortunadamente solo en fin de semana), mole, chile con queso, flautas, enchiladas, al lado de creaciones originales como las quesadillas de fajita o las enchiladas "bandera mexicana", una combinacion extraordinaria.
Irredento, terco, no me resisto a discutir: "Son enchiladas porque la tortilla va frita y remojada en chile rojo; pero no llevan queso ni crema".
Latin-inspired dishes are always a favorite component of Cinco de Mayo gatherings, from tacos to enchiladas to the traditional guacamole.
Assemble enchiladas by putting a little bit of chicken in a line down the centre of each tortilla, with some sweetcorn and a sprinkling of cheese (reserve a little to use as topping).
PREP AND COOK TIME About 1 hour MAKES 2 enchiladas (each 3 to 4 servings) NOTES For a hotter sauce, add more chipotles and adobo sauce to the chicken mixture.
A popular and 'user friendly' addition to any kitchen cookbook collection, this spiral bound compilation of recipes ranges from Ranch-Fried Potatoes; Sourdough Biscuits; and Spicy Barbecue Sauce; to Enchiladas de Carne; Fried Rabbit; and Spotted Pup Pudding.
Breakfast Recipes also includes such "exotic" fare as crepes, omelets, enchiladas, frittatas, quesadillas, burritos, casseroles, souffles, quiche, and "breakfast pizza".
The Mushroom Walnut Roast by Chef Ken Charney, Vegetable Korma and Chickpea Curry from Mayuri Indian Cuisine in Bellevue, WA, and Yam Enchiladas from Oceana Natural Foods Cooperative in Newport, OR, would all contribute greatly to an unforgettable meal in your own home.