I made this recipe, exactly as written, yesterday. The garlic took forever to mince, and after I was done I looked at some reviews commenting not to use that much garlic. I used the amount called for and am so happy I did.
I have a baby mouth when it comes to hot stuff. In tasting the finished product, I had no problem with heat.
This recipe is amazing and tonight we enjoy it with rice. It's a keeper for certain.
Here's the printed recipe that matches the video: https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cuban-style-black-beans
I followed it precisely and it is delicious. I plan to reduce the amount of water I use next time (from current 8 cups to 6 cups).