I found a recipe that inspired me to make this. It originally had Bisquick and corn meal made into flat circles, but I find cupcake pans easier to use, especially when I'm using premixed cornbread mix.
1 pound ground turkey
1 taco seasoning packet
1 cup cheddar or taco cheese
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1/3 cup milk
1 large can sliced black olives
2 cups lettuce mix
Brown turkey in a large frying pan. Drain; add seasoning packet and water according to package. Add black olives to mixture and stir until evenly distributed. Mix corn muffin mix, egg and milk in a small bowl. Spray a 12 cupcake tin with non-stick spray. Evenly distribute half of corn muffin mixture in bottom of each hole. Add turkey mixture evenly to each hole. Add cheese to tops of turkey mixture; add remaining corn muffin mixture evenly over cheese. Bake in 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm on beds of lettuce.
Although the box of corn muffin mix says it only makes 6-8 muffins, you're filling each with the meat mixture causing them to need less batter for each muffin. You're still getting a lot of cornbread taste from it being all over the outside of the meat mixture. I'm not usually one fore tamales, but this is a good way to make them for the not a big fan of real tamales.
Flavor Rating: Great, I liked the combination.
Ease of Preparation: Easy, it just takes a few steps.