In a large pot over medium high heat saute the garlic, celery, and onions for 5 minutes,stirring often.
Add the ground beef and cook, crumbling, for 5 minutes until cooked thru.
Turn the heat to medium low and add the green chilies, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, both beans, sugar, and all the spices and seasonings. Stir to combine.
Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the bay leaf before serving.
This recipe can be made ahead and reheated on the stove top. You may need to add a little water to loosen it up.