cayenne is your friend. The best tamales I have ever had came from a little stand. Tried a couple fresh off the steamer and it was almost a religious experience. Noticed that I was getting some flavor from the massa. I asked about it and the allowed that they added a little seasoning to the massa to compliment the various fillings they used.
Probably take some trial and error, but might be worth trying over the long run.
Edit: My family has been in Texas long eough that tamales have become the official X-mas eve meal with few exceptions. Big bowl of pico de gallo, some good chili, and a big platter of tamales right of the steamer....hard to go wrong there.
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