1/8teaspoonBijol, annatto, or turmeric powder to color the rice
Salt + pepper to taste
Peel the shrimp and save the shells. You should have about 4 cups of shells from 2lbs of large shrimp. In a saucepan, add cold water, the shrimp shells, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer. Set aside.
In a Dutch oven or saucepan with a lid, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, green pepper, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes.
Add sliced pimentos and tomato sauce. Sauté for 1 minute. Add rice, shrimp stock, chicken stock, ground cumin, Bijol, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 15 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE LID. The steam is what cooks the rice. After 15 minutes, remove from the heat but keep the lid on for another 5-10 minutes.
In the meantime, cook the shrimp. Season the shrimp with salt + pepper to taste. In a large skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil at medium heat. Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes until they turn pink. Careful not to overcook or they will be rubbery. Set aside.
Remove the Dutch oven lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Gently fold in the peas and cooked shrimp until all is well combined. Serve immediately. Enjoy!