The History of


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.