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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 under big cheese.
the big enchiladaa person or thing of great importance. North American informal
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.
n. the boss; the leader. (see also big cheese.) The big enchilada has sent word that it’s safe to return.