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An enchilada is a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including meat, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables, seafood or combinations.

Left: Enchiladas with Mole sauce, served with refried beans and Spanish rice, in Old Town San Diego.

Enchilada is the past participle of Spanish enchilar, "to add chile pepper to." An enchilada made with refried beans rather than chili sauce is called an "enfrijolada" (from frijol, "bean"). An enchilada made with mole instead of chile sauce is called an "enmolada". An enchilada topped with fried eggs may be called "enchilada montada" (the eggs are mounted, montada, on top).

Fillings include meat, such as chicken, beef or pork, seafood, cheese, potatoes, vegetables, and any combination of these.

Commonly added toppings and garnishes include cheese, sour cream, lettuce, olives, chopped onions, chili peppers, and fresh cilantro.


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