The flavor of the masa is just as...if not MORE important than the flavor of the meat. I love tamales...but if the masa is under seasoned....they blow. That drip pan is whats up!
For sure bubble, the masa will be flavored with the drippings, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder and salt to taste. The first thing that hits your taste buds is the masa, if it is bland it blows.