The Pioneer Woman's Tex-Mex Fiesta

When Ree Drummond cooks up a Tex-Mex feast for her daughter Alex and her best friends, you can bet each extra-special dish will be jacked up with huge flavor from start to finish.

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Friendship Fiesta!

Ree treats her daughter Alex and her best friends to a true south-of-the-border spread, complete with a layered Mexican Salad, juicy marinated Green Chile Chicken, spicy Taco Potatoes and a showstopping finale, Key Lime Pie. 

Hearty, Layered Starter: Mexican Salad

Layered with grilled corn off the cob, leafy lettuce, grape tomatoes, red onion and Monterey Jack, this extra-hearty Mexican salad gets a little crunch from crushed tortilla chips. As for the dressing, Ree punches up her classic creamy dressing base with cumin, chili powder, cilantro, parsley and a little hot sauce for tang. 

Get the Recipe: Mexican Salad

Over-the-Top Main: Green Chile Chicken

Seriously juicy chicken starts with a simple blended marinade of olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt, pepper, chipotle peppers and garlic. From there, Ree's special chicken is topped with roasted poblano chile slices and Monterey Jack cheese for an extra-special main that's anything but boring.

Get the Recipe: Green Chile Chicken

Spicy Side: Taco Potatoes

Taco seasoning may typically be reserved for meaty mains, but sprinkling it on big, hearty chunks of russet potatoes is an easy way to amp up the flavor. When they're roasted on high heat, these zesty potatoes leave the oven sizzling and crispy.

Get the Recipe: Taco Potatoes

Showstopping Finale: Key Lime Pie

There's nothing simpler or more delicious than a graham cracker crust. Ree fills hers with a smooth, creamy filling brimming with lime zest and juice, and each chilled slice is even better when taken with a little whipped cream.

Get the Recipe: Key Lime Pie