The History of Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a traditional Mexican dish with a unique flavor and a very long history. Their delicious taste has made them a popular menu item at many Mexican restaurants. With the perfect combination of tortilla, meat, cheese, and sauce, enchiladas have become a symbol of a traditional Mexican meal. At Guads, you can enjoy this delicious dish while appreciating its rich and fascinating history.

Some facts about the history of enchiladas:

Origin of This Mexican Food

Enchiladas date back to the Mayans. Corn was a staple crop at the time and corn tortillas were common. These were originally called tlaxcalli. The Spanish conquistadors changed the name from tlaxcalli to tortilla upon their arrival to the Western Hemisphere. The conquistadors documented a feast in which participants served a type of enchilada. Later, the first Mexican cookbook, El Cocinero Mexicano, recorded accounts of this dish. Originally, the dish was an empty corn tortilla dipped in chili sauce. Over time, people stuffed the tortillas with various meats and cheeses and became the enchilada became the dish we know and love today.

Enchiladas Today

Versatile and nutritious, enchiladas are easily customizable to suit personal preferences. With such a wide variety of meats, cheeses, and toppings, they are a great choice for anyone seeking to get a taste of a traditional Mexican dish that has a long and rich history.

How Do You Make Enchiladas?

You can make an enchilada in a variety of ways, with many different ingredients. Traditionally the enchilada is a dish that features a tortilla wrapped around other food such as meat, cheese, or vegetables. In its original form as Mexican street food, it was a simple corn tortilla that street vendors would roll up and dip into a chili sauce. The modern stuffed version of this wrapped tortilla is often smothered in sauce and topped with cheese, then baked to perfection. Different recipes use either corn or flour tortillas.

At our local Tucson restaurants, we serve a variety of different enchiladas. Each dish comes with sides of beans and rice to ensure you’re left feeling full and satisfied. We also offer many choices for additional toppings, such as sour cream, fresh cilantro, green onions, green chilies, and many more. This lets you customize your meal to your personal tastes.

Enchiladas at Guads

At our restaurants, we use only the finest ingredients that are carefully prepared in the Mexican tradition. Whether you enjoy beef, chicken, pork, vegetables, or cheese, we have it all. We have dishes served with traditional red enchilada sauce, fantastic mole sauce, spicy chile verde sauce, or our creamy-rich white sauce. You will surely find a taste that suits you. Pair your dish with some of our famous salsa, made fresh at your table, or one of our refreshing margaritas. Guads is the best destination for fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine.

Visit either of our two Tucson locations to try our authentic Mexican food and delicious enchiladas.

Ingredients for the Perfect Guacamole

Guacamole is a great pairing for just about any type of Mexican food. Its creamy texture and delicious flavor complement the spice of many dishes. You can even enjoy it as an appetizer with warm and crispy tortilla chips.

We use only the freshest ingredients to make our delicious guacamole. 

Ripe Avocados

Avocados are the base of guacamole, so the quality of the avocados makes a huge difference. At Guads, we choose only the freshest avocados at peak ripeness. We crush them right here in our restaurants twice a day. This means that no matter when you visit, you are getting the freshest possible guacamole with your entrees or for your appetizer.


The best guacamole has a slight kick to it without being overpowered by spice. Achieving this balance can be tricky, but at Guadalajara’s Grill & Tequila Bar we are experts. We use crisp and delicious jalapeños, finely diced, and added in just the right amount. This creates a bold hint of chili flavor while still allowing our ripe avocados to stand out.


Garlic is essential for most types of cuisine and Mexican food is no exception. Minced garlic helps bring out the flavor of the other ingredients. We make sure to add just the right amount. You will not notice an overwhelming flavor of garlic, but you will see how just a small amount makes a noticeable difference.

Fresh Cilantro

Cilantro is very common in Mexican dishes. We use fresh cilantro and chop the leaves to mix in and garnish our guacamole. We know that this herb can be overpowering, so we add exactly the right amount to give a hint of flavor.

Sea Salt and Lime

Avocados and lime make the perfect pair. The earthiness of ripe avocados is brought out by the acidity of lime. The tangy flavor of lime juice is extraordinary and you will notice the difference between guacamole with lime and without. Salt also pairs with the lime and avocado to create an additional pop of flavor.

Pico de Gallo

We top our guacamole with a spoonful of pico de gallo. This features tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro. You can mix this into your guacamole to create additional flavors throughout the mix. If you prefer, you can also leave it on top as a garnish.

Queso Fresco

Queso fresco is a great topping for any type of Mexican dish, as it adds creamy flavor. We crumble this on our guacamole as a final finishing touch. Like our pico de gallo, you can mix it in and get hints of it throughout your appetizer or entree.

Guadalajara’s Grill & Tequila Bar

Experience the Perfect Guacamole

At our restaurants, you can order our guacamole as an appetizer with our fresh and crispy tortilla chips, or you can add it to the top or on the side of any of our entrees or appetizers. Either way, you will experience an outstanding flavor and will want to come back for more.

Visit us at either of our Tucson Mexican restaurants and taste it for yourself.