Add a can of creamed corn.
Add a diced jalapeno or can of green chiles.
Sprinkle with cheeses.
Cook bacon in a cast iron pan and then pour your cornbread over the top and bake it.
You can pick one or all of these things and then just follow the directions on the back of the package as normal.
We have a family favorite that we like to call cowboy cornbread. It is sooooo simple to make also.
1 lb hamburger
1 lb sausage
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 onion, diced
Garlic (to taste)
Salt and Pepper
1 can creamed corn
Optional: jalapenos or green chiles
Combine the hamburger and sausage with the Rotel tomatoes, onion, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. We love garlic and will use a tablespoon or two of minced garlic, but not everybody does. Go with your tastebuds. Put in a casserole dish or dutch oven and bake like a meatloaf. Once the meat is cooked, mix up the cornbread mix with the directions on the package. Add in the creamed corn and jalapenos or chiles is you choose and bake until golden brown.
I love this because I can mix it up throw it on the grill or in the oven and go work on other stuff while it cooks.
I hope these recipes give you some ideas and get you thinking outside the box with cornbread.