I use 3 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon olive oil not the 1/2 cup called for, smoked turkey wings and skipped the slice of bacon. Added a minced jalapeno. Cumin is a must in black beans for me so it went in. I cooked for 3 hours after soaking the beans overnight. I wish I took a picture of the leftover the next day because it became very creamy and more flavorful. Served over saffron rice. Thanks!!!!