The Difference Between Enchiladas, Fajitas, Tacos, Burritos & Quesadillas

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Not quite sure what the difference is between a burrito and a fajita? How about a quesadilla vs enchilada? Oh, and don’t forget about tacos! There’s a variety of options to choose from if you’re in the mood for Mexican – meet the family below and take your pick from our range of delicious Mexican recipes.

baked cheese enchiladas

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What is an enchilada?

An enchilada is a soft corn tortilla wrapped around a filling, like chicken, beef or veggies, topped with sauce and cheese, then baked in the oven. This gives the cheese an irresistible, gooey texture and crispens the edges of the tortillas to perfection. Made for sharing, enchiladas are great for feeding the whole family from just one dish.

smoky bbq chicken fajitas

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What is a fajita?

A fajita is a soft wrap filled with strips of sizzling meat, sliced peppers and onions, accompanied with cheese and toppings like salsa, guacamole or sour cream. Traditionally, the word “fajita” referred to the cut of steak used, as the Spanish word “faja” translates to “belt”. Nowadays, fajitas can include a variety of fillings, from chicken to fish and veggie options.

chicken tinga soft tacos

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What is a taco?

Tacos are small, soft or crunchy tortillas folded and stuffed with your choice of filling. They tend to be smaller than fajitas, so they can easily fit in your hand to eat – but they can get messy! If you’d like a mess-free option that’s perfect for kids, try our Stand 'N' Stuff™ Soft Taco Boats that are made for holding the filling with every bite.

hearty beef bean chilli burritos

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What is a burrito?

A burrito is a large flour tortilla that’s packed with refried beans, a meat or veggie filling, and salsa, tightly wrapped into a tube and served hot. The key difference between a burrito and other Mexican dishes is the size – while you could eat several tacos in one sitting, a burrito is a meal in itself.

vegetarian quesadillas with spicy beans and cheese

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What is a quesadilla?

A quesadilla is a tortilla that’s covered with cheese and other tasty toppings, folded in half, then fried or grilled to a nice, golden colour. Literally translated as “little cheese thing”, this dish is all about gooey cheese in a crispy parcel – like a delicious Mexican toastie! Best served with a side of fresh salsa for dipping.