Do you enjoy eating enchiladas? Even if this is one of your favorite items on the menu when you visit a Mexican restaurant, do you know the actual meaning of enchilada?
The first time this word was referenced in the United States was during 1885, and it means, “in chile.” Whether you like yours with chicken, cheese, beef, or fish, it wouldn’t be an enchilada without the chile sauce. When you want to know how to spot authentic Mexican food, it’s nice to know a bit of culinary history.
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Even if you forget the actual meaning of enchilada, that won’t stop you from having a steaming plate of them the next time you go out for Mexican food. And remember to ask your server for recommendations, as it’s always nice to explore new taste profiles.